Greene County Department of Recreation 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5323 • Fax: 724-852-5356 • www.co.greene.pa.us
News Release County of Greene, Pennsylvania
Contact: JoAnne Marshall Communications Director Phone: 724-852-5210 / Fax 724-627-5428
County clay target team to hold registration
FOR RELEASE January 19, 2017
WAYNESBURG, PA The Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team, will hold registration for its ninth season Sunday, Jan. 29, at Building No. 9 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg.
The Greene County Department of Recreation will host sign-ups for 2016 returning participants from 1 to 2 p.m. The registration fee is $60, or $30 for students who have already renewed their National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) membership. A copy of the NSCA card must be provided the day of sign-ups.
New students in third through ninth grades who are interested in clay target shooting and have the physical, mental and emotional maturity to participate in a team sport can register from 2 to 3 p.m. A safety and training session for new team members is mandatory and will begin at 3 p.m. immediately following sign-up. A $60 registration fee applies for all new students. Additional fees may apply during the practice season
Due to large participation numbers, new students will be accepted only in category levels of rookie (grades 3, 4 and 5), intermediate entry (grades 6, 7 and 8) and senior/junior varsity (grade 9).
Practice session dates and locations will be will be provided at sign-ups along with information on a fundraiser scheduled for May 7.
All students are required to bring a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun, semi-automatic or over-and-under, and shells for each practice session.
Head Coach Chuck Mallory, Assistant Head Coach Randy Coss and several volunteer coaches will instruct the students on gun handling, mounting, stance, lead and shot, and prepare them for the state competition, scheduled for Saturday, June 17, at Factoryville.
The Hawkeyes formed in February 2009 as part of a pilot Scholastic Clay Target Program in the county. More than 60 students in grades five through 12 have participated in the program each year.
The team's home base of Hunting Hills is owned and operated by Sally and Roy Sisler, who first approached the Greene County Commissioners in 2008 about starting a Scholastic Clay Target Program.
Nationally, the programs are sponsored by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. Locally, the Greene County Commissioners, Hunting Hills and the Department of Recreation sponsor the program with support from the Friends of the National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Midway Foundation, Big Covey Quail, LOLA Energy, Hartley Inn, and First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County. The program’s mission is to promote and teach young people the fundamentals of gun safety, team work and outdoor sports.
For more information about registration, or for anyone interested in helping sponsor the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes' 2017 season, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit www.co.greene.pa.us.
Photo above: Abby Ozohonish of Jefferson is pictured at a Hunting Hills Hawkeyes’ clay target shooting practice. Registration for the 2017 season will be held Sunday, Jan. 29, at Building No. 9 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg.
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370