Trap Shooting Champions
Inside the Outdoors, June 24,
2016

Everyone who I know enjoys getting something for free. So, wonder if I were to state that you may have a chance to win a fishing kayak boat, tickets to a NASCAR race or a concert, would that raise your spirits a bit? I know it did mine.

Just to think of having such a watercraft is a dream come true.

Just the other day, I received word that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has partnered with several organizations to sponsor a giveaway that includes the items mentioned.

Here’s a bit of great news. One can enter online. That means he can do so out of his bedroom, office or wherever one has it laptop. How cool is that?

The question may be lingering in one’s mind, “What’s the scoop on this kayak, for example?”

The product is an Emotion Stealth 11 Angler kayak donated by Cabela’s. The other prizes include a family four-pack of ticket to the July 31 Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway, donated by Pocono Raceway; and a pair of tickets to see Lady Antebellum in concert at Musikfest in Bethlehem on August 13, donated by ArtsQuest.

Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006, according to Wikipedia.org. They have released five albums with their first three albums being certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America. Back in 2008, the group was awarded the Top New Duo or Group by the Academy of Country Music and New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association.

The public can enter this giveaway by visiting www.GoneFishing.com through June 27. The winners will be notified after July 5. A date, time and location for the winner to pick up the kayak will be determined in the weeks after the winner is notified, and other prizes will be mailed after they’ve been awarded.

No purchase is required and only one entry per qualifying adult will be accepted.

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Every so often, writing this column, have I had the pleasure of featuring two of my best friends for their well-deserved honors. The great thing about Latrobe residents’ Lou and Trish Sartoris is that their achievements keep mounting in the field of trap-shooting not only month after month, but year after year.

A matter of fact I recently learned that Lou was recently picked for the Pennsylvania State Trap Shooting First Team-Senior Veteran this year. He will be recognized at the Pennsylvania State Trap Shoot this week.

At the end of May, the couple took part in the Pennsylvania Western Zone Shoot at Ruffsdale Gun Club and Trish won the Lady II Handicap Championship. Her husband captured first place in the Open Class handicap division.

Moving on, the couple competed at the West Penn Sportsmen Club in Delmont for the Johnny Mock Shoot. Again, Lou received high honors by winning the Open Doubles Class.

Memorial Day weekend there was another shooting event. To even think the custom framer and Kennametal retirees would take a break was out of the question. It was off to Bedford County Sportsman’s Club for their two-day competition. Trish wound the Lady’s Handicap with a 97/100.

“That was my highest handicap score ever,” she stated.

In other words, she hit 97 out of 100 clay pigeons in the shoot-off against her other competitors.

Being the sharp-shooter that he is, her husband masterfully zeroed in on those ‘birds,’ winning three events that weekend: Singles-Veteran, Handicap-Veteran, and Doubles-Veteran.

“In the beginning of this month,” Trish said, “We shot the Big Shoot at Ruffsdale Gun Club. Lou won Doubles-Veteran, Handicap-Veteran and Singles-Veteran.”

It was back in the fall of 2011 when Trish won her first trap shoot at the Pennsylvania Southwest Zone Shoot held at the West Penn Sportsmen’s Club. She vied against 65 men and women on the handicap squad nailing 86 out of 100 ‘birds’. When everything was said and done it was determined that she had tied with another female sharpshooter.

As a result, there was a shoot-off. Trish won zeroing in on 22 out of 25 ‘birds’ while her opponent hit only 18 of 25.

This was her first ever win in a zone shoot. As a result, she received a unique bracelet as her prize.

Lou wound up on top, as well, winning the veteran’s class and the handicap division.

Then in June of 2014, Lou accomplished a feat beyond his imagination. Competing against 430 others, he tagged 100 out of 100 ‘birds’ to once again win the Pennsylvania State Veterans Class both in the Commonwealth and out of state.

“This is the fourth time I not only won the title in this division,” Lou stated, but repeated my perfect score also for the fourth time.”

The couple resides at 565 McFarland Road.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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