2013 Grand American

Welcome to the 2013 Grand American.

On opening day Dennis Tune of Fayetteville, AR, won the Trap & Field Handicap with the lone 100 from 25.5! Way to go Dennis. Be sure to get your picture taken by the official Grand photographers–Copeland Photography.

Scott Jens, Sean Hawley, Randy Miller and Tim Reed blasted 99s and ended second through fifth.  Posting 96s, Jennifer Wilburn was Lady I winner and Linda Cox was Lady II. Samantha Foppe broke 99 for sub-junior; Wm Faeth hit 98 for junior honors. Trevor Shockley took junior gold with 98. Dave Dressler won sub-vet with 99. Larry McNamee and Robert E. Long ended with vet and senior vet after carding 98s. Ziggy Tkaczenko was chair winner. We’re off and running.





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August 15–More from the Grand American

It was the gala of all gala Hall of Fame Banquets on Tuesday evening Aug. 14. Congrats to Ron Alcorzia, Harlan Campbell Jr. and Mike Jordan.

The table settings were exquisite. The event was sold out. Reno’s Rich Bullard presented Ron Alcoriza with humor, stats and aplomb. Mike Hampton gave the presentation about his friend Mike Jordan.  Then Rob Taylor and Randy Moeller each did a separate introduction for Harlan Campbell Jr. The surprise of the evening was when Dieter Krieghoff presented Harlan with a beautiful K-80 to commemorate his induction.

It was a complete surprise to Harlan. He holds the K-80 for all to see.

Tami Daniel, Hall of Fame gala planner extraordinaire. Thank you, Tami.








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NRA Singles


Okay, read ‘em and cheer. There were 30–count them–30 200 straights in the NRA Singles event today.

Congratulations to Fred Nagel, Todd Hanson, Leo Harrison III, Terry Palmer, Dean Neumann, Tim Reed, Ethan McCauley, Steve Johnson, Joe Sudbury Sr., Stacy Bringelson, James Powers, Mitchel Lovelss, Patrick Farrington, Dale Gerlich, Chris Vendel, Zach Zannini, Patrick Stacey, Keith Parrott, Rachel Hopkins, Keith Ditto, Patrick Lamont, William Sergent, Billy Zager, Steven Smith, Allan Radway, Jack Futch, Jeffrey Webb, Ryan Stehl, Hunter Thornton, and Ryan Glow. Way to go!  It’s getting exciting. Competition is hot!

Mark Wade


1992 GAH Champion Mark Wade stopped by to say hello to Trap & Field. His name was drawn in today’s Grand Gun option.


Chris Kinder

Trap & Field’s Men’s Rookie of the Year Chris Kinder. Thanks for shooting ATA.

Emily Erffmeyer

Michigan’s Emily Erffmeyer is shooting the Grand. Good luck!


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From the Grand American August 12

More shooters are making their way to the Grand American.

Some of the gang from PA

Peggy Powers, Steve Hamilton and Tina Capatch are in from Pennsylvania.

Osker Reynolds

Osker Reynolds of Monrovia, Md., won his very first Grand tophy in Friday’s Budweiser Handicap. He took Junior Gold 3rd place.



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More from the Grand American World Trapshooting Tournament

August 11, 2012

There’s a break in the weather and temps are nice and cool. More and more shooters arrive on the grounds at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois. The AIM youth shooting carnival  closed out on Tuesday with a flourish to finish the AIM Grand Championship. Four of the junior category shooters smashed 200s in the competition. Kudos to Hayden Steward (Tenn.), Keiver Haldorson (Mont.) and Alex Reta (Calif.). Way to go! They won champ, second and third, respectively. Sarah Lowen (Mo.) paced all the young ladies with 196, and she won the high lady trophy in Junior category. Watch for complete results of the AIM in Trap & Field.

On opening day on Wednesday, Iowa’s Dale Stockdale won the Trap & Field handicap with 99. Gordon Wellsandt (Mich.) and Skip Trammell (N.M.) also carded 99s but failed to answer the shootoff call. Gordon ended as runnerup and Skip as vet winner. Dale got the first ticket into Bill and LeeAnn Martin’s $100,000 Challenge. Jacque Snellenberger was high lady with 98 and she earned the first ticket into LeeAnn Martin’s $50,000 Ladies Challenge.

On Thursday three tied 99s in the handicap race for the champion trophy.  Stephanie Carey of Kentucky won the shootoff after four extra rounds. Denis Bringelson (Colo.) ended second and David Huber (Miss.) third. Stephanie got her ticket into LeeAnn Martin’s $50,000 Ladies Challenge.

On Friday, Hunter Edwards (Neb.) blasted the lone 99 to get into the $100,000 Challenge, and Jennifer Upcraft (Ill.) turned in a 97 to take her place in the Ladies Challenge.

After 40 plus years Richard Burden of Mattituck, N.Y. won his first Grand trophy. Way to go, Richard!  Congrats on your Sub Vet runnerup award in the Budweiser Handicap.

Nick Galata and Ron Charnigo

Ohio’s Nick Galata (2007 GAH Champion) and Ron Charnigo (shooter extraordinaire) came in to sign up today.


Cameron and Parker Alcoriza

Cameron and Parker Alcoriza came in to attend grandfather Ron Alcoriza’s Trapshooting Hall of Fame Banquet. It’s sure to be a huge crowd this year with the inductions of Ron, Harland Campbell and Mike Jordan.






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AIM Grand Championship

Trying the game of Snooker

August 5, 2012

There’s a great turn out of young AIM shooters here at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex (Sparta,Ill.) More than 900 showed up and most are shooting games today. The ATA lined up a four-day carnival of shooting for the young athletes. There were special 50-bird events yesterday on Saturday. Today continues with 50-bird handicap, doubles and 28-gauge events.  They are also shooting the game of Snooker. As you may know that is an English pool game. You shoot the red ball first and go in a certain order. Well, the English  turned it into a shooting game. Pretty fun, hey?

Hogden Powder has been holding reloading seminars. And Leo Harrison has given shooting instruction today. Tomorrow Harlan Campbell will hold clinics as well.

Former Washington Redskin, Superbowl winner all-pro defensive tackle (and shooter) David Butz will talk with all the AIM participants about being a winner on and off the field.  There will be opening cermonies and special recognition awards.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for tonight with awards.

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Highlights of trapshooting season

At the Ohio State Shoot in June Don Petroff blasted 200×200 to win the Singles Championship–a repeat performance of 2008.

Don Petroff 

Craig Denlinger

Craig Denlinger carded 98 from 21.5, shot off one perfect round and captured the Handicap Championship.

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Trapshooting is great

Trapshooting is one of the best family sports. But it is also a competitive sport for the elite athlete.

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