Joe Tuscano

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Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jeannette News-Dispatch and North Hills Record. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1980.

Outdoors show wraps up today

  • February 9, 2013

If you haven’t been to the outdoors show at Washington Crown Center yet, today is your last chance.

This year’s event, which is sponsored by the Washington County Sportsmen and Conservation League, might be the best yet.

The weather has been great and foot traffic at the mall has been heavy.

Because of the cancellation of the Harrisburg show, the local outdoors show picked up close to one dozen additional booths this year, giving it full coverage of the mall.

With the additional booths, there’s definitely something for everyone.

• The WPIAL team rifle tournament will be held Tuesday at the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club with three local teams among those competing for a WPIAL championship.

McGuffey finished first in Section 1 with a 12-0 record, while Avella finished second at 8-4.

Trinity finished second in Section 2 behind Woodland Hills (11-1) with a 9-3 record .

Hempfield and Plum will represent Section 3.

The top three teams in the WPIAL will advance to the state championship tournament.

The individual tournament will be held at the same location Thursday and a new champion will be crowned.

Hempfield’s Nicole Metz, the 2012 champion, graduated, as did runner-up Nikki Kroll of Yough.

That leaves Hempfield’s Keenan Miller, a junior who fired a 200-18X, and Trinty’s Lexie McFarland, another junior who also fired a 200-18X, as the top returning placewinners from a year ago. They finished third and fourth, respectively.

Other top returnees include Trinity senior Casey Doyle, Avella’s Dena Simonelli and West Greene’s Christa Ziefel.

• The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting applications from students in grades 10-12 for its summer residential camp.

The Exploring Careers Outdoors camp will introduce 20 to 25 students to conservation and environmental careers.

This year’s six-day camp, which will begin July 7, will be held at Kirby Episcopal House and Chapel in Mountain Top. The camp is near Nescopeck State Park, about 10 miles south of Wilkes-Barre.

Daily activities will include wildlife conservation projects, stream sampling and forestry skills.

The camp is free of charge, and applications will be accepted until April 15.

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Outdoors Editor F. Dale Lolley can be reached at


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