DILLINER – Hunting Hills will host the annual Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship Saturday in Dilliner. Hunting Hills is the home base of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team, which will participate in the shoot. The event is open to spectators.
More than 250 shooters are expected to participate in the shoot, from fifth-grade through collegiate levels. Teams of participants will compete in a 100-target shoot to determine state winners in six skill divisions: rookie, intermediate entry, intermediate advanced, junior varsity, varsity and college. Awards will be given to the top three teams in each division, as well as the highest overall male and female individual shooters in each division.
Last year, 47 members of the Hawkeyes competed in the state shoot in Wellsville, with 15 members receiving medals for their performances. Two Hawkeyes squads took first place in their respective divisions, and three female Hawkeyes were recognized for their individual scores.
The Hawkeyes formed in February 2009 as part of a pilot Scholastic Clay Target Program in the county. More than 40 students in grades five through 12 have participated in the program each year.
The team’s home base of Hunting Hills is owned and operated by Sally and Roy Sisler, who first approached the Greene County commissioners in 2008 about starting a Scholastic Clay Target Program. Overseeing this year’s program are head coach Chuck Mallory and assistant head coach Randy Coss, along with several assistant coaches.
Nationally, the programs are sponsored by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. Locally, the Greene County commissioners and the Department of Recreation sponsor the program. Additional program support was provided by American Legion Filer-Sadlek Post No. 954 and James Farrell Post No. 330, Atlas Energy, Bill Wise Excavation, C&M Waste Water, Cabela’s, Consol Energy, Elite Oil Field Services, Energy Corp. of America, Friends of the National Rifle Association, Hinerman’s NAPA, Hunting Hills, ISM Weapon Systems, National Wild Turkey Federation-Warrior Trail Gobblers Chapter, Ozie’s Sport Shop, Penneco Oil Company, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Waynesburg Sportsman Association and Yost Drilling, LLC.
The program’s mission is to promote and teach young people the fundamentals of gun safety, team work and outdoor sports.
For more information on the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit www.co.greene.pa.us.
For more information about the state shoot, call 724-938-3477, or visit www.shootsctp.org.