This is the first of a series of interviews documenting West Virginia shooters and their accomplishments. Our sport is evolving, competing with a myriad of other activities, with declining participation, and the rising cost of targets and shells, etc. I thought it would be interesting to get the shooters thoughts on the “Old Days” and new shooters perspective as well, so look for upcoming interviews.
I just learned that Morgan Lough from Fairmont,WV broke the first 100 Saturday at the Florida State Shoot, his first 100 straight in his 13 year career.
So far five West Virginians have participated in the Florida State Shoot. Doug Damron, 2017 WV Hall of Fame inductee, started his trophy collection with Event 8 Thursdays Preliminary Handicap Winner breaking a 97. Friday Doug repeated in Event #11 the SUNSHINE STATE HANDICAP again breaking a 97 for Non-Resident Sr Vet Champion. Doug also won NON-RES SR. VETERAN R/U in the HOA with a 1220. Mark Isner spending the month recuperating in sunny Florida passed the 100,000 mark in doubles during the Southern Grand bringing his total registered targets to 319600 after the Florida State Shoot.
I just got the scoop from Florida! Tammy is at it again. She fired a event high 94 in Sunday's Federal Handicap at the Silver Dollar along with 3 others in the 100+ entered field of shooters. After a very nervous shootoff round, breaking a 24 she was victorous!! She has started her march back with her first 1 yard punch. Chuck was proud of her and we are too!!
Tammy Jackson is the Federal Handicap Champion.
Tammy Jackson is the Dixie Grand Lady I Handicap Champion.
If you have never been to Sparta click on the link below and see why we love to shoot there.
Howard Longerbeam passed away Friday 09/16/2016. Howard started registering ATA targets in 1979 and had registered 75,350 singles, 57,300 Handicap and 27,850 Doubles.
Also Steve Allman of Shepherdstown, WV who started registering targets in 1980 with a lifetime 129,300 singles, 91,750 handicap and 76,700 Doubles.
Robert and his Dad have a lot to grin about, Robert received the Aim Integrity Scholarship at the 2016 Aim Grand National Youth Championships. Robert travelled with the Frederick County Shooting 4-H Education Club a total of 17 youth shooters participated.
Fred Dague was one of 24 WV shooters to attend the last big shoot of the year in our area, and he did it in style winning the 2016 Cardinal Classic Singles Championship with a 200 plus fifty extras. Fred also took Sub Vet winner in event 10 Jack Aldridge Class Singles and Class A Runner up in the Doubles Championship breaking 98. Fred rounded up the weekend with the Sub Vet All Around Runnerup as well.
Sandy Spencer won Lady II Third in Event #15 with a 198.
Fred Dague was Class A Third after shooting a 98 in the Kubota Doubles Event #20 and went on the finish fifth in Class A in the ATA World Doubles Championship
WV State Shoot Singles Champion Nicholas Harden , Lady ll Champion Sandy Spencer and SubVet Champion Mark Isner and competed in the Champion of Champions event. Sandy and Mark shot 99’s and Nick a 97. Sandy’s score got her in a carryover for Lady ll Runnerup or Third and possibly Champion.
Courtesy of Sandy Spencer
2016 WV HOF Shoot
Tom Gray and Robert Judy have "Break Out" Tourney.
Beautiful weather and temperatures met 50 shooters Saturday and Sunday for the West Virginia Hall of Fame shoot. The grounds of Marshall County Hunting and Fishing were in top notch condition, and the meal between singles events was excellent.
Ten West Virginians are currently at the 117th Grand American World Trapshooting Championships. Sandra Spencer, multi-time WV Lady Singles Champion and currently WV Lady II Champion has secured two trophies in the Preliminary rounds at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta IL. Sandy was third in Lady II after shooting a 98 in Thursday’s Event 4 the MEC Shooting Sports Singles. Smashing a perfect century in Sterling Cut Glass Singles Event 7 she was Lady II runner up after carryover.
Doug Damron of Huntington WV has continued his winning ways at the Florida State Shoot breaking a 199 and winning the Non Resident Veteran. Congratulations good shooting.
Doug Damron, Mark Isner, WVATA President Chuck Jackson and Tammy, Scott Ross and Pat Swartz made the trip to the Southern Grand so far and are already showing up on the trophy list. Doug has, as of yesterday, won Veteran Winner in Event 1 Singles, turning in one of only two 100 straights. Mark was the Singles Class A Winner. Event 3 Doug, who must of been working on his doubles over the winter, shot a near perfect 99, again one of only two turned in. Mark was tied for Event 4 Class A runner up but lost in a carryover and is tied in Event 7 Class A singles Champion.
The WVATA Officers and the Board of Directors congratulate Michael Kemp WVATA's newest inductee into the WVATA Hall of Fame. Click here for Michaels nomination letter.