Record Number of Shooters In 5th Edition of NRFTC July 16, 2014 Featured, Field Targets, Press Releases Twitter0Facebook0LinkedIn0 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 55 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 Click here for more photos from the 2014 Northeast Regional Field Target Championship hosted by Crosman.