Record Number of Shooters In 5th Edition of NRFTC

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Sauve Reclaims WFTF Title
LaRocca, Evans Defend Pistol Titles
Eichler Sets New Record In Quigley Win

Back-to-back days of blistering heat and torrential downpours did not dampen the competition at the 2014 Northeast Regional Field Target Championship hosted by Crosman. A record turnout of 100 participants across seven shooting disciplines posted impressive scores on the challenging course held on the world campus of Crosman Corporation July 11 and 12.

“What began five years ago as the Northeast Regional Championship has evolved into the largest field target pro-am event in the country,” said Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager for Crosman. “Professional and casual field target competitors from fourteen states and Canada, plus youth shooters and families, help make this a fun weekend for everyone.”

The two-day rifle event requires competitors to shoot 60 targets each day. Targets are placed at ranges between 15 and 50 yards. A “hit” is scored when the shooter successfully knocks down the fall-away target. ”We have kids as young as ten years old this year and squadded them with veteran shooters so they learn the sport, etiquette and proper techniques,” added DeBoard.

Click here for more photos from the 2014 Northeast Regional Field Target Championship hosted by Crosman.

Registration Day / Quigley Bucket Challenge

NRFTC participants are encouraged to arrive in time to enjoy Friday’s activities including a Crosman Factory Tour, Crosman Store with fantastic deals on all products and even a sneak peek of unannounced, coming-soon products. The day wraps with the Quigley Bucket Challenge: a re-creation of the dramatic scene in the film “Quigley Down Under” starring Tom Selleck in which Selleck’s character must shoot a bucket at an estimated 700 yards. Scaled for airguns, this equates to a 1.75″ target placed at IMG_468255 yards. Shooters must use a 6.5 ft lb rifle using only open / iron / non-magnified sights.

Participants get five chances to hit the target. In case of a tie, there is a shootoff to determine the winner. In the five years of the competition, there has never been a first round winner and no one has ever hit the target more than twice in a single round. This year, that changed.

Fred Eichler, Benjamin Prostaffer and host of Predator Nation, stepped up and knocked down the target a remarkable 3 out of 5 shots to win. Among the other 24 shooters, only Greg Sauve and Levi Rogers scored a hit.

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WFTF PCP

Day One began with sunny skies and temperatures rose into the high 80s about halfway through the match. World Field Target Federation (WFTF) division competitors were on the Hillside course, known for deceptive wind currents and shady maple trees. The WFTF PCP class ended the day with the top competitors separated by just five shots. Bad weather moved in early on Sunday, bringing winds pushing 20 mph and rain. Tom Holland, in third place after the first day, was able to to post the highest score on Sunday to jump into second place, just three shots behind winner Greg Sauve. Sauve previously won the NRFTC WFTF PCP title in 2011 and 2012.

Name

Hometown

1-15

16-30

TOTAL

Greg Sauve Green Bay WI

51

53

104

Tom Holland Woodside NY

53

48

101

Tyler Patner Berea OH

50

50

100

Peter Brooks Rochester MN

48

43

91

Joe McDaniel Baltimore MD

46

37

83

Brian Milne Limoges, Ontario Canada

39

42

81

David Bartlett Limoges, Ontario Canada

40

37

77

Tim MacSweyn Port Colborne, Ontario Canada

42

29

71

Nathan Thomas Pleasant Valley NY

27

36

63

Joel Yaddow Middlesex NY

25

38

63

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WFTF Piston

Ray Apelles and Jerry LaRocca finished Day One tied at 41 with Veronkia Ruf just two shots back. Art Deuel and defending WFTF Piston champion Hector J. Medina-Gomez remained threats at five shots back. As the rains moved in, Ruf and Deuel fell of the pace while Medina-Gomez made up enough shots to take third place. LaRocca outlasted Apelles to win it by two shots. LaRocca previously won the Hunter division in 2011.

Name

Hometown

1-15

16-30

TOTAL

Jerry LaRocca Liverpool NY

43

41

84

Ray Apelles Wappingers Falls NY

41

41

82

Hector J. Medina-Gomez New Canaan CT

45

36

81

Arthur Deuel Williamsport PA

26

36

62

Tom Peretti Toronto, Ontario Canada

27

32

59

Veronika Ruf New Canaan CT

20

39

59

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Hunter PCP

The Hunter PCP class featured 44 shooters with over half shooting 50% or better. Winner John Tyler stayed consistent by posting a 46 each day for a 92 total. Kevin Kunkle and Greg Shirhall finished tied at 89 and Shirhall took second by winning a gentleman’s coin toss. Alan Harold came all the way from California for his first NRFTC and placed fourth. Justin Heckert, Design Engineer for Crosman, placed fifth. A number of shooters, including 2010 and 2013 winner Bill Day, had to log DNFs due to the bad weather on the final day of the match.

Name

Hometown

1-15

16-30

TOTAL

John Tyler Yardley PA

46

46

92

Greg Shirhall Richford NY

45

44

89

Kevin Kunkle Sugar Run PA

48

41

89

Alan Harold San Luis Obispo CA

45

40

85

Justin Heckert Bloomfield NY

42

41

83

Robert Felton Lost Creek WV

47

35

82

Tom Miller Buckhanon WV

40

39

79

Robert McIntosh Ripley NY

40

37

77

Chris Helm Ewing NJ

40

33

73

Ed Schultz Bloomfield NY

38

35

73

Kim Yaddow Middlesex NY

40

33

73

Max Lewin Northampton MA

41

31

72

David Lee

35

36

71

Craig  Evans Bethlehem PA

35

35

70

Fred Eichler Aguilar CO

34

35

69

Thomas Wade Holtsville NY

38

30

68

Nicolas Gregoris Binghamton NY

37

31

68

Roy Lee Atkins Clarksburg WV

39

27

66

Michele Eichler Aguilar CO

36

30

66

Jeb Crummer Aguilar CO

34

31

65

Bill Duranti Buckhannon WV

32

31

63

Sue Tenney Morgantown WV

31

30

61

Douglas Rogers Bloomfield NY

37

23

60

Bill Rabbitt Chesterland OH

27

32

59

AJ Stewart Montgomery NY

27

31

58

Joe Syring Midland MI

26

32

58

Glenn Thomas Pleasant Valley NY

32

25

57

Seth Crummer Aguilar CO

30

27

57

Levi Rogers Bloomfield NY

30

24

54

Jeff Armstrong Bloomfield NY

31

22

53

Trent Eichler Aguilar CO

27

25

52

Spyros Zouzias Montgomery NY

24

26

50

Brent Post Westfield NY

20

26

46

Vern Post Sr. Mayville NY

19

26

45

Vern Post Jr. Westfield NY

21

23

44

Tyler Post Westfield NY

19

15

34

James Stewart Montgomery NY

26

8

34

Andrew McDaniel Rush NY

15

DNF

Sydney McDaniel Rush NY

25

DNF

Sean McDaniel Rush NY

27

DNF

Alex Schultz

26

DNF

Fred Mannis Wilmington DE

34

DNF

Bill Day Hollis Center ME

33

DNF

Harold Schaefer Brewster NY

34

DNF

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Hunter Piston

Scott Hull showed no signs of road weariness after driving 80 hours from California, walking away with the the Hunter Piston title by 29 shots. Defending class champion Paul Manktelow was just three shots behind James Wilcox who placed second.

Name

Hometown

1-15

16-30

TOTAL

Scott Hull San Luis Obispo CA

39

49

88

James Wilcox Willow Grove NY

36

23

59

Paul Manktelow Walworth NY

31

25

56

Douglas Dunlap Baldwinsville NY

26

21

47

Dean Buczek Canandaigua NY

12

19

31

Eric Brewer Victor NY

7

17

24

Vicky Zouzias Montgomery NY

1

5

6

Henry La Voie Akron OH

11

DNF

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Open PCP

Matthew Sawyer finished Day One two shots behind Skip Tenney, then fought off a hard-charging Dennis Eden to win the Open PCP class. Eden made up eight shots to move ahead of Tenney into second place by a single shot.

Name

Hometown

1-15

16-30

TOTAL

Matthew Sawyer Billerica MA

46

46

92

Dennis Eden Port Colborne, Ontario Canada

48

41

89

Skip Tenney Morgantown WV

40

48

88

Hans Apelles Somers NY

36

38

74

Mike Harris

37

36

73

Stan Lipinski Parkville MD

36

26

62

Ed Tenney Buckhannon WV

21

32

53

Shannon Clark Dover Plains NY

24

17

41

Mark Oehlberg Solon OH

16

19

35

Richard Bassett Feasterville PA

36

DNF

Albert Otter Baltimore MD

35

DNF

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Open Piston

Paul Bishop was the last man standing when the torrential rains moved in on Sunday. He started the day ahead by ten shots.

Name

Hometown

Class

Score

TOTAL

Paul Bishop Stonington CT

29

48

77

William Bartell Lee Center NY

11

DNF

Larry Bowne Levittown PA

38

DNF

Mark La Voie Akron OH

15

DNF

 

Pistol

The pistol competition took place Saturday afternoon and shooters competed in three classes: Hunter, Open and Hands-Supported. Participants shot at 30 targets on Crosman’s Hilltop course.

Craig Evans bested Bill Day in Hunter Division by one shot while Thomas Wade won a tight race in the Hands-Supported Division. Jerry LaRocca successfully defended his Open Division title.

Name

Hometown

Class

Score

Craig  Evans Bethlehem PA

Hunter

26

Bill Day Hollis Center ME

Hunter

25

Nicolas Gregoris Binghamton NY

Hunter

25

Fred Mannis Wilmington DE

Hunter

22

Harold Schaefer Brewster NY

Hunter

22

James Wilcox Willow Grove NY

Hunter

22

David Lee

Hunter

14

Jerry LaRocca LIverpool NY

Open

22

Thomas Wade Holtsville NY

Hands

8

Larry Bowne Levittown PA

Hands

7

Matthew Sawyer Billerica MA

Hands

6

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