Rifle Club strong on home range

A fter having suffered a disappointing two point loss at Galway, the Whitehall Rifle Club returned to their Hollister Road Range where they tend to feel right at home.

On Jan. 17 they defeated a dangerous Hartford team 980-966, then on Jan. 24 they out-shot Fort Edward with an impressive 985-935 win.

At the Hartford match, John Hollister and Jason Pratt each had 198s to lead all shooters. The next week it was Jason edging John 199 to 198. Young Jason LaFond of Fort Edward also had 199.

Pete Steffan has been a steady contributor to the team with 197 against Hartford and 196 against Fort Edward. Lou Pratt, Scott Fish and Dick McMore have been swapping places for the past couple of weeks, while John Sharp made an appearance in the top five against Hartford on a week when the team really needed him.

The second Annual Charles F. Fountain Memorial Shoot (NRS 4-P Sectional Match) was fired on the Whitehall Range over the weekend of Jan. 26-28 with the Whitehallers, once again showing how much they like their home range.

John Hollister of the home team upset the defending National Champion Lisette Grunwell-Lacy of Olde Lyme, Conn. to get the win. Another Whitehaller, Jason Pratt, also edged the National Champ to come in second with Grunwell-Lacy finishing third.  John had a total score of 792 out of 800 while Jason had 789 and Grunwell-Lacy had 787. John Hollister also had the high kneeling score of 199 out of 200.

Ed J. Hahn of the Galway team was top junior shooter and won the off hand title with 194. Dick McMore of Whitehall shot a perfect 200 to win prone honors, while Daryl Bassett of the Northfield, Vt. team was top sitting shooter with 200.

Other Whitehall shooters taking part were Lou Pratt seventh place, Jim McGinnis 13th, Scott Fish 14th and John Sharp 18th.

The team takes to the road for the next three matches. This week’s match is at Moreau, followed by Hudson Falls and Reynolds Road.

The Whitehall Team will begin its Junior Program on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m.


Whitehall – 880

John Hollister: 50, 49, 50, 49-198; Jason Pratt: 50, 49, 50, 49-198; Pete Steffan: 50, 50, 50, 47-197; Dick McMore: 50, 50, 50, 45-195; John Sharp: 50, 49, 48, 45-192

Hartford – 966

E. Stewart: 50, 50, 47, 49-196; N. Lewis: 50, 50, 48, 46-194; B. Lawrence: 49, 48, 48, 48-193; B. Jones: 50, 49, 47, 46-192; L. Cosh: 50, 48, 49, 44-191

Whitehall – 985

Jason Pratt: 50, 50, 50, 49-199; John Hollister: 50, 50, 50, 48-198; Lou Pratt: 50, 50, 49, 48-197; Pete Steffan: 50, 50, 50, 46-196: Scott Fish: 50, 50, 48, 47-195

Fort Edward – 935

J. LaFond: 50, 50, 50, 49-199; B. LaFond: 49, 49, 49, 41-188: B. Bergman: 48, 46, 46, 44-184; R. McNeil: 48, 46, 47, 42-183; D. Anderson: 49, 48, 41, 43-181





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