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Frazier-Simplex wraps up rifle championship

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The Frazier-Simplex Rifle Club wrapped up its second consecutive Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League championship recently with a tight 1,497-1,474 victory over Green Valley.

Frazier-Simplex finished the year with a 14-1 record, while Green Valley placed third at 8-7.

John Husk led the way for the victors with a 299, while Tom Morley shot a 296. Tom Santelli and Chris Thomas each shot 295 and Zac Szabo fired a 294.

Jeff Charles and Logan Charles led Green Valley, which shot a season-high score, with 297 each.

The Dormont-Mt.Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club finished second in the league with a 13-2 record, wrapping things up with a 1,478-1,464 win over Murrysville.

Amy Smith topped the winners with a 298, while Tom Gerner had a 297, Nicholle Benedict 296, Rick Janoski 294 and Dan Francis 293.

Ray Harvey led Murrysville with a 196.

Benedict is a TCU recruit and was shooting her final league match before leaving for school.

• The annual Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19 at Rotary Park in California.

The event is free to boys and girls ages 15 and under. A parent or other responsible adult must accompany children younger than 13.

Participants can bring their own gear or borrow equipment from California University volunteer students through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Borrow-A-Rod-and-Reel program. Experts will be on hand to assist youngsters in learning how to catch a trout.

As part of the prorgam, the stream will be stocked with nearly 600 trout, some as long as 24 inches in length, at 2 p.m. April 18. Children are encouraged to help with the stocking.

Entertainment and food will be available.

For more information about the event, contact Steven Colaizzi at col9905@calu.edu or Dr. John Confer at 724-938-4211 or confer@calu.edu.

A Web site about the event is available at http://workforce.calu.edu/confer/PRYFF/.

• The Buffalo Creek Watershed Association will host a free program, The Basics of Backyard Birding, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Buffalo Township Municipal Building.

Erica McGrath, naturalist of the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Oglebay Park, Wheeling, W.Va., will be the featured speaker.

McGrath will provide information about how to identify birds, make backyard habitats and evaluate equipment used in birding.

As an addition to the program, Lauren Conkle will conduct an outdoor bird walk April 13. Participants can meet at the S-Bridge on Route 40 at 9 a.m.

For more information about either event, call 724-484-7537.

Outdoors Editor F. Dale Lolley can be reached at dlolley@observer-reporter.com.

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