The Frazier-Simplex Gold team won the National Indoor Championship for 2013, with John Husk of Eighty Four bringing home top honors in the nation, edging teammate Tommy Santelli of Carmichaels by one point.
Husk, who also serves as rifle coach at Trinity High School, finished with a 796 out of a possible 800, edging Santelli, who finished third in 2012 after winning the national championship in 2010.
They were part of the Frazier-Simplex Gold team that won the event with a 1,571 out of 1,600. Other team members included Doug Wilcox and Tom Morley. The national championship is the ninth for Frazier-Simplex since the event began in 1952.
Another Washington County team, Dormont-Mt. Lebanon, finished fourth in the country and was the High Expert team after shooting a 1,564.
The Frazier-Simplex Blue team was High Sharpshooter with a 1,549.
Tom Gerner, an Amry Reservist who shoots for Dormont-Mt. Lebanon, won the Service Championship with a 791.
Frazier-Simplex junior shooter Sylvia Dreistadt was High Sharpshooter at 789, while Morley was second in the Expert competition with a 792.
Santelli also finished sixth in the NRA Metric Position (3-position) championships, firing an 1,131 out of a possible 1,200. Husk was 15th with an 1,121.
• The Pennsylvania team, which included two members of the Frazier-Simplex Rifle Club, finished second in the 2013 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational last week in Grand Island, Neb.
The .22 smallbore team, which included Nicolle Thiry and Taylor Tennant from Frazier-Simplex and Sarah Sroka and Hannah Rohrer of Somerset County captured the silver medal, with a score of 1,549, three points behind the gold medalist team from Louisiana.
All four members of the Pennsylvania team finished in the top 10, with Thiry taking third and Tennant finishing eighth.
The Pennsylvania air rifle team, which included Morgan Duerr, Sylvia Dreistadt and Kaylee Hobgood of Frazier-Simplex, finished fourth in the 40-shot standing match. Duerr was fourth in the individual standings.
Next month, 15 members of Frazier-Simplex will participate in the Penn State 4-H Achievement Days in an attempt to qualify for the 2014 National Invitational.
• An app for the iPhone and Android users has perhaps solved one of fishing’s oldest questions – when is fishing better, in the morning or evening?
According to FishBrain, which includes 80,000 members worldwide, statistics from over 40,000 catches shows that the most effective time to catch fish is in the evening.
FishBrain is a mobile social network that is believed to be the first to gather substantial fishing data through a mobile app. The app gathers data such as lure/bait used, position, species, time, weather, air pressure and more.
When it comes to the best time of day to catch fish, the results vary depending on location, season and weather. But the results showed more fish being caught in the early evening than in the morning.
For more information about the interesting new app, visit www.fishbrain.com.
Outdoors Editor F. Dale Lolley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.