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Area shooters score well at state

Ohio State trapshooters’ week-long competition, held last month at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, was successful for trapshooters from all over the Miami Valley. Here’s how area shooters fared at the 127th Ohio State shoot:

Matthew Begley of Tipp City won the Gold Junior Doubles Championship with a 94 and the Singles Championship in Junior Gold at 199. Also in singles, Ohio Hall of Famer Don Wilkin of Wilmington won Class B runner-up at 197.

In the Ohio Handicap, Elizabeth Schock of Beavercreek won the Ladies 1 title with a 97. Ladies 2 runner-up was Betty Peterson of Xenia at 94.

In the key championship events, Dirk Meckstroth of New Knoxville won the Class AA All-Around with a total of 392 out of 400 targets. He was also runner-up in the Ohio Singles Championship with a 199.

Also in the All-Around, Pat Neff of Middletown won Sub Veteran at 390 and Craig Blank of Xenia took home the Veteran title at 388. Blank also pulled off the Vet championship in the High Over-All competition with 1,136 out of 1,200 targets.

Dean Townsend of Thornville, a former Greenville resident, was the top Sub Veteran in Over-All competition with a 1,150. Townsend was the top Sub Vet shooter in the Ohio Singles with a 199.

In the Doubles Championship, the Class A winner was Michael Bair of Beavercreek with a 98. Harrison Warren of Bellbrook won Class C at 94. Ross Warren of Bellbrook won Sub Veteran at 98 with new Hall of Famer Larry Sowers of Huber Heights taking Veteran runner-up at 97. Pat Owens of West Milton shot a 95 to win Senior Veteran and Betty Peterson of Xenia won Lady 3 runner-up.

Vandalia’s Dave Brusman won the Senior Veteran Handicap Champion of Champions Award. He was second in the Brittain Motors Shootoff and was the top Senior Veteran in the President Roger Edgington Handicap at 99.

In the Downrange Singles Class Championship, Roger Peterson of Xenia hit all 100 targets to win Sub Veteran as did John Mueller of St. Marys to win Veteran. Craig Denlinger of Middletown was the Class A runner-up with a 100 and Dale Schock of Riverside won Class D with a 99.

Mueller stayed hot in the Blaser Handicap, winning Veteran with a 95. Stephanie Owens of Kettering was the Lady 2 winner in that event with a 97.

In the Rio Handicap, Lee Davidson of Tipp City was fifth with a 97. That was followed by the Rio Doubles Class Championship in which Michael Blair of Beavercreek was Class A runner-up at 97, Dave Schock of Beavercreek was Class D runner-up at 89 and Bob Havenar of Piqua took Senior Veteran at 98.

In the shoot’s very first event, Dan Schock of Clayton was the Sub Veteran winner with a 100 in the Don Petroff Singles. Chris Howell of Clarksville won the Class B title at 99. In the Michael Wengerd Doubles, Hall of Famer Dave Berlet of New Knoxville was top Senior Veteran winner at 191. And in the Ag Day Doubles, Xenia’s Roger Peterson won the Veteran title with a 96.

Rife Denlinger of Middletown won the Veteran award in the John Deere Handicap with a 96 while Senior Veteran winner John Harper of Xenia also shot 96.

Mueller was the Class A runner-up in the Ag Day Singles event with a 99. Joe W. Wright of Xenia was the Class B winner at 98. George Pappayliou of Springboro shot a 97 to take Class C runner-up. Craig Blank of Xenia won Veteran with a 100 and Roger Peterson of Xenia won Sub Veteran at 100.

Elizabeth Schock of Beavercreek added the Lady 1 title in the Edgington Handicap with a 98 and Owens won Lady 2 with a 97. Bruce Haffner of West Alexander won Veteran at 97.

Postponed: The BFL Buckeye Division bass tournament originally scheduled for July 13 on the Ohio River, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24 due to high water at the Lawrenceburg City Ramp. For more information, visit

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