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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

VSSA's Crush'n Clays Scores Again

A sell out crowd of 120 shooters participated in the 15th Annual Crush'n Clays on June 8th, 2013 at the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the IWLA in Centreville, Virginia. Over the last 14 years, Crush'n Clays has raised $265,000 and after this event we expect to add $16,000 - $18,000 to that total. Crush'n Clays is not only, the longest running shooting charity that supports the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, but also, it is the longest consecutive running shooting charity event in the country.
The Popular Annie Oakley Event Went "Extra Innings" on the First Round
Participants were provided with ammunition, event t-shirts and lunch. The trap shooting event consisted of 25 targets from the 16 yard line and 25 targets from the 22 yard-line. Both individuals and four person teams competed in the event. In the team competition the best three on the squad were recorded for record. All participants were eligible for individual awards using a “Lewis” class system.

It's a Family Affair as dad, two daughters, and one of the girl's boyfriend participated
The festivities began with Bob Brino, Skeet/Trap Director of the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the IWLA, providing a shotgun clinic for novice competitors. Once again, Bob donated the targets for the event. We all owe Bob a big thanks.

This year we also welcomed a new event sponsor Fishnet Security, Source Fire and Suburban Electric. Jim Hickerson, owner of Suburban Electric, is an Arlington-Fairfax IWLA member, shoots in the winter shotgun league, and is an accomplished skeet shooter. A big shout out to Jim, one of our own, for his support of Crush'n Clays. 
Sirraj was the winner of the first Annie Oakley event.  Some great shooting too!!!

As always, the Annie Oakley drew a huge number of participants. Many participants entered the event multiple times resulting in with well over 200 entries during the day. The Annie Oakley event also had tremendous spectator appeal, pitting the skills of one shooter against another. Half of the entry fees of the event we awarded to the eventual winner of each squad and the other half went to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital.
The George Mason University Trap and Skeet Team,
2013 ACUI National Champions, sells raffle tickets for their team fundraiser.
Bucky Sills, Rick Kohne, Wayne Owens and Gilbert Ramey of Arlington-Fairfax IWLA provided a popular barbeque lunch of pork, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and assorted side dishes.
Samantha Olsen, former Lindenwood University shooter and current National Assistant Coach Trainer at the NRA
J.R Wingfield, of Piedmont Sportsmans Club, bested all competitors in the main event, running all targets straight with a high score of 50. Congratulation to J.R. for, once again, being the 2013 Crush'n Clays Champion. J.R.'s has won this event several times with a perfect score. If he keeps this up, we may have to retire the plaque!

The remaining individual class winners were:
Class A – Don Sipes
Class B – David Pearson
Class C – Frank Bullard
Class D – Tim Walthall

In the team competition the results were,
1st Place -Piedmont- Score 137
J.R. Wingfield
Lu Charette
Mark Charette
Andrea Smith

2nd place – Surburban Electric – 133

Ashly Palles
Mark Scott
Brian Hickerson
Jim Hickerson
Tim Tynan

3rd Place – NRA – 126

Bill Poole
Don Sipes
Samantha Olsen
Anna Poff
Thanks go to our sponsors the Virginia Shooting Sports Association, the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, the National Rifle Association, Fishnet Security, Source Fire, Suburban Electric Corporation, Dominick Casciano, Everfresh, Vienna Septic Services and all the volunteers whose tireless efforts made the event a great success.

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