Rifle team back on target with pair of victories

T he Whitehall Rifle Club defeated visiting Fort Edward last week, 980-942.

The 980 score was the club’s second-highest of the season and more in line with how the shooters expect to be performing. The first two matches of the season saw the locals struggle in the low 970s, not exactly where they want to be. But as the season goes on, the scores are rising just as Whitehall finishes its three match home stand and prepares to go on the road.

With a 981 last week and a 980 this week, another 980 or better would be just what the doctor ordered before the team takes to the road again.

In Tuesday’s make-up match, Louie Pratt and John Hollister led all shooters with a pair of 197s.  This performance was Pratt’s best night of the season, while Hollister record his third 197 score in four matches this season.

Brian Hollister continues to have a good season with a score of 196. Pete Steffan and Jason Pratt finished out the top five with a pair 195’s.

Fort Edward was led by young Josh LaFond. Josh, his father Bryan and his mother Lynn were all on the firing line.

Later in the week Whitehall hosted Moreau, winning, 985-932.

Jason Pratt missed narrowly missed a perfect score, firing a match-best 199. He dropped one point on his third off-hand shot.

John Hollister, who has 40 perfect scores to his credit, fired a 198 and was followed by Louis Pratt, Jim McGinnis, and Pete Steffan, who all shot 196s.

And while the 985 team score was very good, not to be overlooked was the performance by Whitehall’s second team, which totaled a 967.

Scott Fish fired a 195, Jim Lafayette a 194, Brian Hollister and Dick McMore each shot a 193, and John Sharp finished with a 192.

This season marks the 10th year Whitehall has shot at the Hollister Road Range, and during that time the team has never lost a match at home. In fact you have go back to 1985 to find a time they lost a match in Whitehall.

During that time, the team is 412-5, with all five loses coming on other teams’ ranges.

A very confident Whitehall Rifle Club will travel to Hudson Falls later tonight.

 

Whitehall – 980                                              Fort Edward – 942

 

 

Lou Pratt          50 49 49 49  197                                   J. LaFond         49 49 49 49  196

John Hollister    50 50 50 47  197                                 B. LaFond        50 47 48 45  190

Brian Hollister   50 50 49 47  196                                 R. Bergman      50 50 47 42  189

Pete Steffan      50 49 49 47  195                                  L. Bergman      50 46 46 42  184

Jason Pratt       50 49 50 46  195                                   R. McNeil        48 44 49 42  183

 

Whitehall – 985                                                            Moreau – 932

Jason Pratt       50 50 50 49  199                                   B. Walajtys      50 50 49 43  192

John Hollister    50 50 50 48  198                                 R. Dessaint       50 50 47 44  191

Lou Pratt          50 48 49 49  196                                   M. Biown         49 48 48 44  189

Jim McGinnis    50 49 50 47  196                                 J. Paris             46 42 49 44  181

Pete Steffan      50 50 49 47  196                                  C. Fuller           49 46 45 39  179

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