Pine Tree Rifle Club hosts events

The Pine Tree Rifle Club in Johnstown hosted its Rifleman’s Challenge in May. Pictured, from left, are Lance Hicks, Ken Benton, Richard “Doc” Maretzo, Doug Simek, Ed Anker, Vinnie VanDetta, Wayne VanDetta, Mike Johnson, Tonya Duma, John Maclean, Harold Miller, Rich Lewandowski, Chris Bouck, Daryl Westhoff, and Mike Kowalski. Missing from the photo is Gerhard Steding. (Photo Submitted)

JOHNSTOWN – Centerfire competition took center stage as Pine Tree Rifle Club hosts the Rifleman’s Challenge on May 11.

A total of 16 competitors registered and three walked away with medals in this sporter class event.

The top three competitors were Wayne VanDetta (champion/120 pts.), Tonya Duma (second/110 pts.) and Harold Miller (third.100 pts.).

VanDetta scored a perfect score of 120 in his championship win.

Other competitors included Chris Bouck, Rich Lewandowski, Mike Kowalski, John MacLean, Vinnie VanDetta, Ed Anker, Ken Benton, Gerhard Steding, Doc Maretzo, Lance Hicks, Daryl Westhoff, John DelSavio, Doug Simek and Mike Johnson.

The DelSavio Score 100 contestants were, from left, Tonya Duma (second/sporter), John DelSavio (first/sporter), Rich Lewandowski third/sporter), Mike Johnson (sporter), Blaine McRay (first/benchrest), Harold Miller third/benchrest), Chris Bouck (benchrest), and Don Rankin (sporter). The course of fire for this event patterned itself after the Donaldson Match whereby each shooter fired two rounds into each of the six score bulls located on the Ultimate Benchrest 100-yard target with unlimited sighters in 15 minutes. (Photo submitted)

Course of Fire: Shooters were required to dispatch a bowling pin located at 25 yards from the offhand position, next dispatch a metal plate located at 50 yards from the offhand position, next fire remaining rounds into the Pine Tree Phil paper target located at 100 yards from the benchrest position in 15 minutes.

Shooters were only allowed 10 rounds per relay. Only sporter/hunter rifles were permitted.

DelSavio Score 100

Nine shooters competed in the DelSavio Score 100 match featuring the new Ultimate Benchrest 100-yard target.

The UBR target is designed for caliber specific shooting and scoring. Caliber specificity included .224, .243, and .308.

The Rifleman’s Challenge place finishers were, from left, Wayne VanDetta (champion), Tonya Duma (second) and Harold Miller (third). (Photo submitted)

Two classes were contested, benchrest class and sporter class.

The Benchrest class saw Blaine McRay capture the championship with 128 points. Tim Silvernail earned a second-place finish with 121 points, edging out Harold Miller (121 points) by tie-breaker criteria (creedmore).

The sporter class saw John DelSavio capture a championship with 124 points. Tonya Duma earned a second-place finish with 113 points, edging out Rich Lewandowski’s third-place finish with 105 points.

The maximum possible points for any shooter in either class was 132 points.

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