We may have called this our Spring Opening, but the weather was cold, not above 35 degrees, and the winds were blowing. This event was a 100-bird, 20-gauge event hosted by Tarentum District Sportsmen’s Club. Most of the 10 participants had a chance to shoot before the skies went gray and the snow began to fall again.
The gun champ was Josh Croffett (A1) with 98. Michael Rykaczewski Jr. (A2) was runner-up with 97. David Cominsky (B1) came in third with a 95. Other class winners included Mike Rykaczewski Sr. (D1) with 93 (D1), Murry Gerber (A3) at 92, Ross (Paul) Carney (D2) with 91, Scott Hazlett (B2) at 91, Marie Palmer (D3) at 87, Robert Waite (C1) with 86, and Andrew Hazlett (D4) at 75.
Despite the cold weather and the winds, everyone had a great time shooting. Afterwards, the shooters enjoyed a taco lunch provided by Dave and Deb Cominsky, and Marie Palmer provided some homemade soup and freshly made bread, in keeping up with the tradition of the late Nick Sisley.
The club invites shooters to visit their Facebook page at Tarentum District Sportsmen’s Club for info on all registered shoots, or they can be found on the NSSA website. For out-of-towners, there are hotels just 15 minutes away.
– Contributed by Marie Palmer