PSSA History

1890

  • On August 22, 1890, the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association was organized at the Crosby House in Corry, PA. This meeting was set in motion by H. A. Penrose, owner of Corry’s Keystone Manufacturing Company, which made clay targets and traps.
  • They agreed to establish an organization dedicated to promoting wildlife conservation and enforcing game laws, as well as to regulate trapshooting in the state.
  • H. A. Penrose elected first President of the PSSA. Elmer Shaner elected Secretary.

1891

  • The first Pennsylvania State Shoot was held in Williamsport on September 29, 30, October 1, 2, 1891.
  • PSSA incorporated.

1892

  • The first set of by-laws of the new PSSA were approved on January 20, 1892.
  • Charles Breisford of Harrisburg becomes the first Pennsylvania Singles Champion at the second State Shoot in Reading held during August of 1892.
  • The Wolstencroft Trophy at live birds, valued at $250.00, was contested for the first time.
  • The Harrisburg Trophy (three man team) was awarded for the first time.

1893

  • William Fiels of Atglen wins State Singles title at State Shoot in Harrisburg in August.

1894

  • William Wolstencroft of Philadelphia wins the State Singles crown in Altoona in August.

1895

  • First PSSA Game Commission committee established with H.M.F. Worden chairman.
  • William Burnman of York, PA won the State Singles crown in Philadelphia.
  • PSSA becoming politically active on game laws, hunting rights, seasons, etc.

1896

  • Elmer Shaner urges PSSA to hold 1897 shoot “West of the Allegheny’s”. Oil City is selected for 1897.
  • State Shoot held in Harrisburg.
  • J. O. H. Denny starts 8 year career as PSSA President.

1897

  • Harry Thurman of Philadelphia won the State Singles title in a shoot-off at Oil City, PA.

1898

  • PSSA records show a balance of $198.25 in treasury.
  • William Stroh of Pittston won the Pennsylvania Amateur Singles crown.
  • State Shoot was held in Reading during March of 1898.

1899

  • The Independent Gun Club of Reading and the Boyertown Gun Club were dropped from the rolls for non-payment of dues.
  • The PSSA treasury shows a balance of $199.85.

1900

  • Fred Coleman wins Pennsylvania Live Bird title at State Shoot.
  • W. S. Smith wins Pennsylvania Amateur Singles title with 112×125.

1901

  • The Reading Trophy, Lindsley Cup and the Harrisburg Cup were all won by the New Castle Gun Club.

1902

  • Milton Brey of Zionsville, PA won the Pennsylvania Amateur Singles Championship during the State Shoot held at Oil City.
  • The legendary Fred Coleman was one of five shooters who killed 15 pigeons in the regular live bird program, but hit only 5 in the miss and out shoot-off.

1903

  • The first three days of the State Shoot were devoted to shooting at inanimate targets while the final two days at live birds.
  • Fred Coleman, the flyer shooter from Philadelphia, won the Amateur Clay Target crown of Pennsylvania.

1904

  • PSSA records indicate a balance of $410.21 in their treasury.
  • H. M. F. Worden elected PSSA President, will serve three terms.

1905

  • Fred Coleman of Philadelphia won his second Wolstencroft Trophy in three years, emblematic of the State Singles Championship. He broke 47×50.
  • The PSSA and the Pennsylvania Game Commission continue to push state legislators to establish a $1.00 fee for a state hunting license.

1906

  • H. M. F. Worden elected to his third term as President of the PSSA.

1907

  • The State Live Bird Championship was held in conjunction with the state inanimate target event for the last time. The live bird title went to Fred Coleman, winner of the State Singles crown back in 1905. Coleman killed 25 flyers plus 12 more in a miss and out shoot-off over three others.

1908

  • The Bradford Gun Club held their first of six State Shoots from May 25-28, 1908. They threw 75,000 targets over the entire classic. The club would host shoots in 1917, 1931, 1936, 1941 and 1948.

1909

  • George S. McCarty of Philadelphia took the State Singles Championship with 186×200.
  • Years later, McCarty would establish the ATA home grounds in Vandalia, Ohio.

1910

  • During the four day run of the State Shoot, Charles Mink won the bronze medal for the champion of Philadelphia County, the Hanover Trophy for having the second highest average over the final three days of the tournament, the White Trophy, two Marlin guns and a Fox shotgun, besides many other awards.

1911

  • George “Kelsey” Painter of Pittsburgh won the DuPont Trophy as the Pennsylvania State Singles Champion of 1911 by breaking 437×450.
  • Allen Heil leads the Interstate Association in doubles averages with .8666 average.

1912

  • The 1912 Pennsylvania State Shoot was the Harry Kahler show. He won the DuPont Trophy, emblematic of the Pennsylvania Singles Championship with 434×450, shot over the three days of the tournament.
    He also won the Wolstencroft Trophy for the Pennsylvania Doubles Championship, breaking 43 out of 25 pairs.
    Kahler, a former world’s trapshooting champion from Philadelphia, broke 146×150 on May 22 to win the first day’s event by two targets. He won the singles on the third day of the classic, breaking a 145, winning by two targets again.
  • Elmer Shaner was elected PSSA Vice-President, the first of two terms he would serve.

1913

  • E. N. Gillespie won the In the Open Trophy, a solid silver pitcher, donated to the State Shoot by the publishers of In the Open, an outdoors magazine published in Pittsburgh.

1914

  • The PSSA now has 120 member clubs on their roll.

1915

  • Charles Newcomb, who would, during his long career, win over 1000 trophies, won his first Pennsylvania Amateur 16 yard championship.
  • Newcomb wins Grand American Clay Target Championship in Chicago.

1916

  • J. S. Speer of St. Mary’s, PA was again elected President of the PSSA.
  • Allen Heil wins Grand American Doubles Champion.

1917

  • Shooting under which were perhaps the most disagreeable weather conditions possible, the shooters at the 1917 State Shoot at Bradford braved rain, cold and wind.

1918

  • Five Ideal Leggett traps were used in the tournament at Lancaster.
  • Hindered by strong winds, former national champion Charles Newcomb of Philadelphia won the State Singles title.

1919

  • The Interstate Association ordered all state 16 yard championships to be at 300 targets for 1919 and 1920.
    The star of the big show was Ed “The Village Miller” Hellyer of Alexandria, Huntingdon County, PA. He won the Singles crown with 294×300.

1920

  • The 1920 State Shoot was held in Harrisburg under the auspices of the Harrisburg Sportsmen’s Association.
    Harrisburg Mayor Hoovertor gave the opening address to the huge turnout.

1921

  • The annual Pennsylvania State Shoot was held in Pittsburgh at the Allird Gun Club.
  • The shoot saw Steve Crothers win his first of 14 State Singles Championships with a 196.
  • Elmer Shaner elected President of the American Trapshooting Association (will become the ATA in 1923).

1922

  • Eight traps were installed for the State Tournament in Lancaster that saw 216 entries in the State Singles Championship.
  • Steve Crothers won the Singles Championship crown for the second year in a row.

1923

  • A galaxy of the Keystone State’s most brilliant shots, added new laurels to their crowns as a result of the largest state tournament ever held.

1924

  • The 1924 Pennsylvania State Shoot was held at the North End Gun Club. It would be the first of two shoots at the club.
  • A fine line of trophies, medals and cash, approximating $2,500, was distributed to the winners.

1925

  • John Schroll begins 14 year career as PSSA Secretary.
  • Steve Crothers wins Clay Target Championship, HOA and Champ/Champ at Vandalia.
  • Steve Crothers is the first person to break a 200 straight in any event at the Grand American. Would also do the same at the 1930 Pennsylvania State Shoot.

1926

  • The June Classic was held in Gettysburg for the only time in the history of the Pennsylvania State Shoot.

1927

  • C.D. Henline was elected President of the PSSA for the third straight year. In all, Henline would serve the PSSA as President for 10 years.
  • Thirty nine year old Stevenson Morris Crothers won his fourth State Singles crown when he broke a 197.

1928

  • Norman Kessler and Walter Beaver wage a shoot-off for the Singles runner-up which was not settled until Kessler won the award with 178×180 to 177×180. It would go down in state history as one of the epic shoot-offs.
  • The State Shoot was held at Ashland for the only time.
  • Mt. Carmel’s Kitty Boyer wins Women’s Clay Target crown at Vandalia.

1929

  • The 1929 State shoot, held under the auspices of the Inter-City Gun Club of Franklin, PA was held at Conneaut Lake, PA, about 50 miles north of Franklin, which is south of Erie.

1930

  • The 40th annual Pennsylvania State Championships were held in Harrisburg by the Harrisburg Sportsmen’s Association.
  • Steve Crothers won the State Amateur Singles Championship, breaking 200 straight. It was the first 200 straight in State Shoot history. He was also the first person to break 200 straight in any event at the Grand American.
  • The State Doubles Championship was increased from 50 targets to 100 targets for the first time.

1931

  • George Baldwin of West Chester is elected to his third straight term as PSSA president.
  • Steve Crothers wins Singles Champion/Champions event at the Grand American.

1932

  • What a show the great Stevenson Morris Crothers put on in Allentown at the 1932 Pennsylvania State Shoot. Remarkably, he aced the entire shoot.
  • Alice Crothers leads the ATA in doubles averages. She will also lead in 1933 and 1934.
    Steve Crothers wins second Champ/Champ at Vandalia.

1933

  • York County Gun Club, located at Haines Park, east of York, PA, hosted the 1933 State Trapshoot.
    John W. Eshelman elected President of the ATA.
  • Walter Beaver of Conshohocken wins Grand American Handicap.

1934

  • The Pennsylvania State Shoot returned to the South End Gun Club for the first time since 1909.
  • L.G. Dana of Derrick City wins Grand American Handicap.
  • Walter Beaver wins Amateur Clay Target crown at Vandalia.

1935

  • Quaker City Gun Club, established in Philadelphia in 1924, hosted the 45th annual Pennsylvania State Shoot.

1936

  • The Bradford Gun Club hosted their 4th State Championship, and it turned into the Steve Crothers show.
  • The “old vet”, professional J. Mowell Hawkins, won all the professional titles.

1937

  • The almost “perpetual” Pennsylvania State Champions of the last few years, Steve Crothers and Walter Beaver, were dethroned by Roy Hemming, a Reading, PA, “dark horse”.

1938

  • Walter Beaver leads the ATA in singles averages with .9868 on 5100 targets.

1939

  • Elmer Shaner dies in Elizabethtown at age of 77. Regarded as the “Father of Modern Day Trapshooting”.
  • George Neubling begins 15 year career as Secretary of the PSSA.
  • John Rigg breaks 97 for Doubles Championship at Vandalia.

1940

  • Roxborough Gun Club in Philadelphia plays host to 50th Pennsylvania State Shoot.
  • The scores that won the Singles, Handicap, Doubles, and HAA remain the lowest to ever win these titles over the 105 years of the state shoot.
  • Walter Beaver leads the ATA in doubles averages for the third time. He led last year and also in 1935.

1941

  • With America about to enter World War II in less than 6 months, a dark shadow was cast over the shoot. The war had already begun in Europe.
  • Steve Crothers wins final State Singles title in epic 175 target shoot-off over Walter Beaver.
  • Walter Beaver wins Clay Target crown at Vandalia.

1942

  • Andy Long was also elected President of the PSSA, his first elected office in the PSSA.

1943

  • State shoot only two days long due to WW II restrictions.
  • Ralph Grove of York, PA, won the Singles Championship when a topped the record field with the only 100 straight.

1944

  • Ruffsdale hosted the 1944 State Shoot, the first time since 1929 that a Western Pennsylvania club hosted the shoot.
  • Lack of ammunition, travel restrictions, defense jobs, shooters in the armed service, tire rationing, gasoline rationing, etc. would play a major part in the 200 target shoot of 1943, 1944 and the cancellation in 1945.
  • State shoot only two days long.
  • Frank Dissinger’s Pleasant Hill Gun Club of Lebanon, PA was selected for the 1945 State Shoot, but the shoot was canceled. This was the only cancellation in PSSA history.

1945

  • Lack of ammunition and travel restrictions cancel State Shoot for first time in history. Shoot was scheduled for Lebanon.

1946

  • The Pennsylvania State Shoot returned after a one year absence and produced the largest attendance in history, despite to lack of ammunition and bad weather. The shoot was held in Lebanon, PA.
    Walter Beaver wins second Amateur Clay Targets title at Vandalia.

1947

  • For the first time since 1941, the classic Pennsylvania Singles Championship was contested at 200 targets.
  • With World War II now history, large crowds again began to attend the Pennsylvania State Shoot.
  • Walter Beaver, one of the greatest trapshooters in state history, won his final Singles Championship.
  • The legendary Steve Crothers, now 60 years old, competed in three events and broke 195 in the Singles Championship. The high level competitive careers of these two shooting immortals were drawing to a close.

1948

  • Legendary gunner Charles Newcomb dies at age 76.
  • John Schenk of Sharpsburg, PA wins Grand American Handicap with 99.

1949

  • The State Shoot was held at the Valley Gun & Country Club in Elysburg. The grounds are one of the finest in the entire state and the club recently finished the installation of four new trap fields to bring their total to 8.

1950

  • Mike Burychka of Skippack, PA took the State Singles Championship with the only 199.

1951

  • The Fayette Gun Club of Uniontown hosted their first Pennsylvania State Championship on June 14-17, 1951.
  • Twenty four year old Robert Diefenderfer of Reading, while on his honeymoon, won his first of 5 career State Singles Championships.

1952

  • Frank Dissinger elected President of the ATA.

1953

  • Bob Diefenderfer of Reading won his only State Handicap Championship with a 96 from 22 yards.

1954

  • George Newmaster, the legendary shooter from Myerstown, PA, won his only state Singles title when he bested a field of 170 shooters with a 198.
  • Andy Long was elected to his first term as PSSA Secretary. He would lead the Association as Secretary for another 30 consecutive years.

1955

  • Aaron Bird, ATA manager, was on hand for the entire four days of the Pennsylvania State Shoot.

1956

  • Robert Diefenderfer finishes second in the HOA at the Grand American.

1957

  • Walter Beaver dies at age 60.
  • Arlen Kimmel of Valley View wins Preliminary Handicap (now the Budweiser Handicap) at Vandalia with 98 from 20 yards.

1958

  • Allen Heil dies in Allentown at age 72.

1959

  • South End holds largest State Shoot ever held on East coast.

1960

  • Rudy Etchen big attraction at State Shoot. Wins Doubles title by 6 targets.
  • Lou Silvestri, a member of the Four Aces, sings at night and shoots at the State Shoots by day.

1961

  • John Rigg dies at age 73.

1962

  • Mary Christopher leads the ATA in women’s singles average with .9680 average.
  • George Jones breaks 100 straight to win State Handicap title. First 100 straight to win State Title since John Rigg broke 100 straight in 1939.

1963

  • Bob Diefenderfer wins Grand American HOA with 971×1000.

1964

  • PSSA organizes State Zone Shoots, which were to be held on the last weekend in September.
  • The State Eastern Zone shoot was held at the Rural Sportsmen’s Association grounds in Trexlertown, PA on September 26th and 27th, 1964.
  • Bill and Jean Hunsberger win the State Zone Singles crowns at the first State Eastern Zone shoot. There were 123 entries for Sunday’s handicap, won by George Landis.

1965

  • The Valley Gun & Country Club spent more than $20,000 remodeling and enlarging its clubhouse and adding walkways to the last few traps. They will host the 1965 State Shoot.
  • Jim Stine won his second straight Singles Championship with a 199×200 and a remarkable 150 target shoot-off victory over R.M. Orndorff.
  • Quaker City and Clairton hosted the second PSSA State Zone Shoots. Bill Hunsberger wins
    second straight East title with 150×150. Owen James wins West title with 149×150.

1966

  • Frank Dissinger, former ATA president, dies at age 71.
  • West Penn holds 75th Pennsylvania State Shoot. PSSA has 56 member gun clubs.
  • South End and Fayette hosted the 3rd PSSA Eastern and Western Zone Shoots. Herb Jones smashed 200 to win the Eastern Zone while Francis Kikel won the West title with 199.

1967

  • After 76 Pennsylvania State Shoots spread across the state, the PSSA will move to their new Homegrounds next June.
  • State shoot held in Reading, will be the last shoot off new PSSA new Homegrounds.

1968

  • The PSSA has entered into a long term agreement to use the Valley Gun and Country Club as their Homegrounds.
  • Six new traps added for the State Shoot, bringing the total to 18. Four more would be added for 1969.
  • Quaker City and Fayette host East & West zone shoots.
  • John Morelli of Pittsburgh wins Preliminary Handicap at Grand American.

1969

  • PSSA adds four new traps, bringing the total to 20 program and two practice.
  • Bud Ross dies at age 47.

1970

  • It was a State Shoot that will forever be known by the lightning bolt that struck Trap 19 (20 traps were in use).

1971

  • At 2:00 PM on the last day of the State Shoot, the PSSA signed legal documents and purchased 44 acres of ground south of the Valley Gun Club, on the hill, for future expansion.
  • Mary Christopher of Cornwell Heights, PA won her 7th and final State Women’s Singles title.

1972

  • Rain, rain, and more rain. Every day of the State Shoot. With the PSSA using 20 trapfields, the Doubles Championship and Handicap Championship on Sunday were shot in a driving rainstorm.
  • Andrew Long elected President of the ATA.
  • Woody Brown starts 10 year career as Pennsylvania ATA delegate.
  • PSSA selects first Pennsylvania All State Team. Charles Sheckler and Dolores Hendersched named men’s and women’s captain’s.

1973

  • Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp paid a visit to the State Shoot on June 15th and was greatly impressed¬† with the facilities and the number of contestants.
  • First Pennsylvania Grand held at PSSA Homegrounds in Elysburg over Labor Day weekend. 490 shooters shot main handicap as three new automobiles were awarded in yardage groups.
  • Jere Andrus and Connie Livingston married on trap line during first Pennsylvania Grand.

1974

  • 100 and 200 straight pins offered at State Shoot for the first time.
  • 170 women shoot in the Pennsylvania State Shoot in June.
  • Terrible weather conditions spoil Pennsylvania Singles Championship, 196×200 high score.

1975

  • A large, modern clubhouse was dedicated to PSSA benefactor, Orville Eberly. Through the exceptional generosity of this man, the long time dream of a PSSA Homegrounds became a reality.
  • Lewis Wolf elected President of PSSA, will serve 10 years.
  • Dolores Hamilton leads ATA women in singles average with .9779 on 2100 targets.

1976

  • Steve Crothers died at age 89.
  • A new restaurant with a 45 foot serving bar plus tables and chairs for 100 people were added to the new clubhouse.
  • Frank Little wins HAA at Grand American with 394×400.

1977

  • Orville Eberly donates $10,000 to ATA H/F to honor Andy Long.

1978

  • George Cottrell dies at age 73.
  • Former State Singles Champion Dale Raudenbush becomes PSSA State Shoot reporter.

1979

  • The PSSA continues to expand as the association opens a beautiful, new carpeted women’s lounge.
  • Carolyne Elliott dies at age 55.
  • Pennsylvania State Shoot added money was $17,000 and $9,000 in trophies.

1980

  • William Hazlett of Sarver, PA wins Grand American Handicap with 99×100 from 22.5 yards.
  • Bill Hunsberger dies.

1981

  • When shooters arrived for the 90th renewal of the State Shoot, they found that the PSSA had finished a $43,000 paving project, blacktopping the entire parking area behind the new clubhouse and the road from the lower trapfields to the top trapfields.
  • Russell Ellison shoots at 70,300 ATA singles targets during the season, a Pennsylvania record.

1982

  • Gene Anastasio elected Pennsylvania ATA delegate to ATA. Will later become ATA President.
  • Woody Brown elected President of the ATA.

1983

  • Orville Eberly dies at age 83.
  • George Newmaster dies at age 75.

1984

  • Three PSSA officers stepped down from their posts, including President Lewis Wolf, Secretary Andy Long and Treasurer Anna Mae Eberle.
  • Woody Brown elected President of PSSA. Will serve 9 years until his death in 1994.
  • Emilie Peters became the first women in State Shoot history to win a major state title when she won the State Handicap crown.
  • Lewis Wolf donated the flag pole in front of the new clubhouse in the memory of his wife Rhoda.
  • The PSSA shows a balance of $158,569.41 in their treasury.

1985

  • Gary Foster wins State Handicap title with 99×100

1986

  • Art Lewis, age 99, shot the 200 target State Singles Championship.

1987

  • Pennsylvania Hall of Fame concept approved at annual meeting. Richard Hamilton named first chairman.
  • Frank Little leads ATA in singles averages with .9972
  • John Muir breaks all 600 singles targets at State Shoot.
  • Sheldon Hostetter wins Presidents Handicap at Grand American with 99×100.
  • Frank Little wins Clay Target crown at Grand American.

1988

  • Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame has first induction ceremonies. This year marked a major undertaking by the PSSA, the removal of seven trap field on the corner of the old line and replacing them with 15 new ones.
  • Andy Long, Walter Beaver, Steve Crothers, Orville Eberly, Frank Little and Mary Christopher inducted into ¬† Hall of Fame.
  • State Shoot extended from 5 days to 9 days.
  • Tom Galligher wins Grand American Doubles crown with 100×100.

1989

  • Elwood “Woody” Brown, George Newmaster, Rhoda Wolf, Lewis Wolf and Mahlon Schwar inducted into Hall of Fame.
  • Jack Titus wins Grand American Handicap with 100×100 from 22.5 yards.

1990

  • Elmer Shaner, Bob Diefenderfer, Herb Jones and Charles Newcomb inducted into Hall of Fame.
  • David George wins Senior Vet Doubles and Clay Target crowns at Grand American.

1991

  • The 100th annual Pennsylvania State Shoot held at PSSA Homegrounds at Elysburg.
  • Inaugural Keystone Open held on PSSA Homegrounds in Elysburg.
  • David George, Bill Hunsberger, Howard Lewis and John W. Miller inducted into Hall of Fame.
  • Daniel Kormos of Erie wins Presidents Handicap at Vandalia with perfect 100×100.

1992

  • Gene Anastasio, current ATA president, dies at age 57.
  • Emerson Bornman became the first state shooter to break 100 straight in Doubles Championship.
  • 20th Annual Pennsylvania Grand Handicap won by Billy Newton of New Haven, Kentucky.
  • Anna Mae Eberle, Richard Hamilton and John Rigg inducted into Hall of Fame.
  • Gene Anastasio elected President of the ATA.
  • H.Y. McAllister elected Pennsylvania ATA delegate.

1993

  • Frank Little dies at age 57.
  • Charles Doll, Melvin Krepps and Ray McKissick inducted into Hall of Fame.

1994

  • Woody Brown, former ATA president and current PSSA president, dies at age 69.
  • Ken Darroch wins Pennsylvania Singles, Doubles, HAA and HOA.
  • Ken Darroch leads state in Singles, Handicap & Doubles Averages.
  • A record 1,363,500 targets were thrown at Pennsylvania State Shoot.
  • Sonya Miller won her 7th Ladies’ Singles Championship with a 200 straight, the first perfect score by a women in state shoot History.
  • Gene Anastasio, E.A. Bud Ross and Sonya Miller inducted into Hall of Fame.

1995

  • Ken Darroch leads state in Singles, Handicap & Doubles Averages for second straight year.
  • Inaugural Pennsylvania Team Shoot held at PSSA Homegrounds in Elysburg.
  • The Hall of Fame inducts Jim Stine, Catherine Moyer and Allen Heil.
  • Louis Carter elected President of PSSA
  • Anna Mae Eberle selected to 25th consecutive Women’s All State Team.

1996

  • Andy Long, a Pennsylvania and ATA Hall of Fame inductee, dies at age 89.
  • Dr. Lewis Wolf, a Pennsylvania Hall of Fame inductee, dies in November at age 89.
  • Louis Carter is re-elected PSSA President for second term.
  • Robert Miller and Jean Hunsberger inducted in PSSA Hall of Fame.
  • Dr. Stephen Ollock of Mainesburg tops Pennsylvania Singles Averages with .9944 average.
  • Ken Darroch leads state Doubles shooters for third straight year.
  • Dr. Stephen Ollock selected Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the Year.

1997

  • Robert Machamer, Pete Menghini and Charles Todd (1911-1979) inducted into Hall of Fame.
  • Charles Fritzges appointed first PSSA Manager.
  • George Curran replaces Bill Shutt as PSSA Secretary; Shutt replaces Fritzges as PSSA
    Treasurer and Fritzges moves to PSSA Manager.
  • Pete Menghini, 1997 Hall of Fame inductee dies in auto accident several weeks after his induction.
  • Cancer causes death of Bill Shutt in late 1997. He will be inducted into Hall of Fame at the 1998 State Shoot.
  • Dan DeDioniso elected Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the Year.

1998

  • Bruce Murphy elected PSSA President, Mike Schuler elected to replace Bill Shutt.
  • George Curran, PSSA Secretary dies.
  • Sheldon Hostetter and Bill Shutt (posthumously) inducted into Hall of Fame.
  • Glenn Lash selected the 1998 Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the Year.
  • PSSA terminates State Team Shoot after a three year run. Lack of shooter support cited as the main reason.
  • Sheldon Hostetter appointed new PSSA Secretary to replace George Curran.

1999

  • PSSA inaugurates Project A-Trap. A massive program to raise money for automatic traps for the Homegrounds at Elysburg. The program includes different levels of donations and advertising.
  • The ATA Eastern Zone shoot was awarded to the PSSA Homegrounds for the year 2000.
  • Kenneth Darroch and Dale Raudenbush elected to PSSA Hall of Fame.
  • PSSA gives away four (4) beautiful trap guns in the “Pennsylvania Gun Gala”. A Beretta 682 Gold Combo given away during the State Shoot and a Browning and two Perazzi’s given away during the Pennsylvania Grand.
  • All officers re-elected to PSSA Executive Committee. Bruce Murphy set to serve his second year as PSSA President.
  • PSSA enters the information highway with their own web site, www.pssatrap.org.
  • The Pennsylvania Colonial, a two day shoot in August at the PSSA Homegrounds, will start it’s first year of operation.
  • Howard Lewis dies

2000

  • All 52 trapfields have new automatic Super Star traps installed plus voice releases.
  • Association continues to add camping spaces to homegrounds.
  • All officers re-elected to PSSA Executive Committee. Bruce Murphy set to serve his third year as PSSA President.
  • Eastern Zone shoot held at Elysburg with record crowds.
  • Directors vote to throw “New York” orange and black rimed targets for next three years.
  • No Hall of Fame inductees or Trapshooter of the year awarded.

2001

  • Association continues to add camping spaces to homegrounds.
  • All officers re-elected to PSSA Executive Committee. Bruce Murphy set to serve his fourth year as PSSA President.
  • Allan Roberts (posthumously) and Robert Whitehead elected to state Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
  • Tom Burkey elected to PSSA Treasurer.

2002

  • PSSA raises daily fees from $1.50 to $2.00 effective September 1st, 2002.
  • 2003 Eastern Zone awarded to Elysburg for next year.
  • All officers re-elected to PSSA Executive Committee. Bruce Murphy set to serve his fifth year as PSSA President.
  • Association continues to add camping spaces to homegrounds.
  • The first weekend of the State Shoot changes the name to the Colonial Classic.
  • Harold Kiser and Carolyn Elliott (posthumously) named to state Trapshooting Hall of Fame.

2003

  • Tom Galligher and Irene Hess elected to state trapshooting HOF.
  • Norman Beaver, grandson of Walter Beaver, wins state singles championship.
  • Herb Jones, PSSA Hall of Famer, dies.
  • Don Haldeman, Olympic trapshooting champion from the Lehigh Valley dies.
  • Mahlon Schwar, PSSA Hall of Famer, dies.

2004

  • Bruce Malone elected to state trapshooting HOF.
  • Joel Etchen wins doubles and HOA state titles.
  • Dave George, ATA Hall of Famer dies.

2005

  • Mike Johnson, Westfield, NY won the first Krieghoff Challenge, wins Krieghoff combo set.
  • Joel and father Rudy Etchen (posthumously) elected to state trapshooting HOF.
  • State Hall of Famers Joel Etchen and Stephen Ollock win HAA and HOA titles.
  • Mel Krepps, PSSA Hall of Famer dies. First to shoot 100×100 in Handicap east of the Mississippi.

2006

  • Jacob Koons, Hegins, PA won the Krieghoff Challenge, wins Krieghoff combo set.
  • Steve Huber elected to state Trapshooting HOF.

2007

  • Frank Pascoe elected Pennsylvania ATA Delegate to replace retiring H. Y. McAllister
  • Devi Ruthod, Dillsburg, PA won the Krieghoff Challenge, wins Krieghoff combo set.
  • Jack Deisher elected to state trapshooting HOF.
  • Sheldon Hostetter wins doubles, HAA and HOA state titles.
  • Dennis Spancake, PSSA photographer, dies.

2008

  • Larry Shade, Hamburg, PA won the Krieghoff Challenge, wins Krieghoff combo set.
  • Mike Schuler elected PSSA president replacing the retired Bruce Murphy.
  • Ken Darroch becomes PSSA secretary, replacing Skip Klinger, who moves to Vice-President.
  • Glenn Lash elected to state trapshooting HOF.

2009

  • Allen Peed, Hughesville, MD won the Krieghoff Challenge, wins Krieghoff combo set.
  • Stephen Ollock elected to state trapshooting HOF.
  • Jean Hunsberger, PSSA Hall of Famer, dies.

2010

  • John Spangler, Irwin, PA won the Krieghoff Challenge, wins Krieghoff combo set.
  • Dennis Spancake (posthumously) and Emerson Bornman elected to state trapshooting HOF.
  • Stephanie Sandler becomes first lady to win state doubles title.
  • Amerigo Pagliaroli, popular Remington rep, dies after illness.

2011

  • Elysburg hosts hottest Eastern Zone shoot on record. Temperatures well over 100 degrees all four days.
  • PSSA goes from two state zone shoots to 4 zones, the NE, SE, NW, SW. Dates also changes from May to September.
  • Harold Burkholder, Chambersburg, PA won the Krieghoff Challenge, wins Krieghoff combo set.
  • Steve Huber breaks 100×100 to win Krieghoff Handicap at Grand American. Became an ATA Grand Slam winner.
  • Frank Pascoe and David Dyer elected to state trapshooting HOF.
  • John Paul Manetta II wins singles and HAA titles at state shoot.

2012

  • Frank Pascoe leads state in singles average with 99.07 average. Also won state HOA title for third straight year.
  • Adam Krzyzanowski¬†high doubles shooter in state with 96.78 average.
  • Richard Milbert high handicap average shooter in state with 93.50 average.
  • Steve Huber won the state singles title with 200 straight.
  • Ian Recla wins Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the year. (based on 2011 performance.)
  • Stanley Solkowski, Burlington, CT won the Krieghoff Challenge, wins Krieghoff combo set.
  • H. Y. McAllister elected to state trapshooting HOF.
  • PSSA Hall of Famer Bob Machamer dies.

2013

  • Pennsylvania shooters vote Glenn Lash as ATA delegate by a large margin, replacing Frank Pascoe.
  • Hall of Fame committee does not induct anyone into the Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
  • Debbie Ohye Neilson becomes first lady to win PA state singles championship.
  • Frank Pascoe wins 4th straight HOA title at state shoot.
  • Joseph Recla picked Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the Year. Brother Ian won the award in 2012.
  • Randy Parson (Shippensburg) won the Krieghoff Challenge, wins Krieghoff combo set.
  • Pennsylvania leads the nation with 25 All Americans. Debbie Ohye Neilson, Cody Davis and Frank Pascoe captains.
  • Jack Titus, former GAH champion dies suddenly in Florida.

2014

  • Lisa Long named Trapshooter of the Year.
  • Tom Burkey named to PA Trapshooting HoF.
  • Stephen “Doc” Olloch dies at the age of 64. Winner of major awards at state shoot, Eastern Zone shoot and Grand American.
  • Former GAH champion William Hazlett dies. Won Grand American in 1980. Also state doubles champion in 2012.

2015

2016

  • 125th anniv of the state shoot
  • Glenn Lash passes away at Grand
  • Ian Darroch repeats as Doubles Champ at the EZ in NY.
  • HoF & PSSA both become 501(c)3 entities

2017

  • Joe Breck 11yrs & 3 days becomes the youngest to have their 1st 100 straight at the state shoot.
  • Skip is elected to delegate & proposes the expansion of the PSSA into skeet & sporting clays.