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Frazier-Simplex Rifle Club continues domination

| Monday, May 28, 2007

How long has it been since a team other than the Frazier-Simplex Rifle Club was champion of the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League?

Well, Ronald Reagan was president then. George Bush -- the father -- hadn't even won election to that office, let alone lost it to some guy named Bill Clinton. And George W• Why, he hadn't even bought the Texas Rangers.

That's how dominant Frazier-Simplex has been. It started its run of league titles in 1986 and has never looked back.

This hasn't been a case of one team squeaking by its competition either. Frazier-Simplex went 18-0 in league competition this year and has posted a record of 380 wins against 11 losses in the last 21 years.

The top shooters for Frazier-Simplex at its final shoot of the year, a 1,480-1,239 victory over Irwin Post 228, were Tommy Santelli with a 298, Ryan Stein with a 297, and Joel Nuzum, Thomas Kyanko and Dave Cramer, each of whom shot a 295.

Fishing derby

George Merz of Harrison City won "catch of the day" honors at the Northmoreland Park Fishing Derby with a 20 1/2-inch rainbow trout.

In all, 225 people fished the May 20 event, which was sponsored by Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation and the Westmoreland County Sportsmen's League.

In the "longest trout, adult" category, first place went to George Plows Jr. of Greensburg for an 18 1/4-inch rainbow. Emily Schantz or Murrysville took second with a 13 1/2-inch rainbow, while third went to Terry Selembo of Greensburg with a 13 3/8-inch rainbow.

In the "longest trout, youth" category, 14-year-old Josh Plows of Greensburg took first place with a 12 3/4-inch rainbow, 13-year-old Curtis Reynolds of Pittsburgh took second with a 12 1/4-inch rainbow, and 10-year-old Ryan Sheffler of Latrobe took third with an 11 3/4-inch rainbow.

In the "longest other, adult" category, first place went to Don Marsh of New Kensington for a 9 1/2-inch crappie, second went to Bob Michling of Turtle Creek for a 9 1/2-inch perch, and third went to Judy Bowman of Saltsburg for a 9-inch catfish.

In the "longest other, youth" category, 13-year-old Brandon Cline of Apollo took first with an 11 3/4-inch crappie, second went to 14-year-old Robert Bassick Jr. of Greensburg for a 9 1/2-inch perch, and third went to 13-year-old Luke Leitza of Derry for a 9 1/4-inch catfish.

Mike Kelly of New Derry took the contest's biggest carp, a 22 3/8-inch fish. Jeff Klimcyzk of New Kensington was not far behind with a 21 3/4-inch fish.

Tables turned

Cal DuBrock, director of the Game Commission's bureau of wildlife management, managed to turn the tables on one state lawmaker last week.

Gary Haluska, a Democrat from Cambria County, was criticizing the agency for its long-standing "zealous" enforcement of game laws.

When DuBrock responded by saying that the commission is supposed to serve all of the people of the state, Haluska reminded him that only hunters pay the bill for wildlife management with their license fees.

That's true, DuBrock said, but only because lawmakers have so far failed to come up with any "alternative" funding mechanism that would spread the burden for wildlife management across all residents of the state.

Fly fishing

Joe Humphreys, a world-renowned fly fisherman, will present an instructional fly fishing program Friday and Saturday at Seven Springs Mountain.

The weekend will start with a meet-and-greet session Friday night. Saturday will include instruction and time spent fishing on Lake Gosling.

Cost to attend is $245 and includes lunch and dinner Saturday. Call 800-452-7198 to register.

Coyote seminar

Tom Bechdel, a pro staffer for various manufacturers of hunting gear, will present a coyote hunting seminar at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairbank Rod and Gun Club. Admission is $6. For information, call Bob Valente at 724-246-9828.

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