Plum's Kolar takes third place at state rifle championships, LeClair 14th
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Plum senior Scott Kolar and junior Melissa LeClair took part in the state individual rifle championships Feb. 19 at the Frazier Simplex Gun Club in Washington, and Kolar finished third out of 28 shooters from the WPIAL and other schools across the state.
Kolar finished with a score of 392 out of 400, while Trinity's Courtney Styles and Kayla Huffman shot 395 and 393, respectively, to take home the top two spots.
LeClair finished 14th with a score of 385.
“Just getting to states and being one of the top 14 shooters in the WPIAL is an accomplishment in and of itself,” Plum head coach Scott Kolar Sr. said.
The course of fire and the targets for the state shoot were different from the WPIAL regular season, as well as the WPIAL team and individual championships.
The target for states is smaller, and the circle at the center of the target for WPIALs becomes a black dot.
The number of targets for states increases to four, as compared to the two targets used for the WPIAL competition. Each competitor gets 40 minutes to complete shooting at the four targets.
The maximum score for each target is 100, for a 400 maximum total, and center shots are used for tiebreaker purposes.
Eight of the top 14 shooters were from the WPIAL.
Hempfield's Abbie Bache, the WPIAL individual champion, finished 10th with a score of 386.
Scott Kolar shot at states with a broken right thumb suffered a couple of weeks ago.
“That extended time and course of fire really gave him a lot of trouble,” coach Kolar said. “He had to switch from a glove to a mitt. His thumb was killing him when he was done.”
Kolar had a 395 score going into the last target and his fourth target was perfect through seven of 10 shots, but he missed on his final three shots and finished third.
Each shooter had a designated time within the three days to complete his or her four targets, unlike the WPIAL finals where close to 70 shooters competed at the same time in the same location.
“There was less pressure in one way and more pressure in another way,” coach Kolar said.
“It wasn't as chaotic with dozens of shooters standing around and coaches yelling, but there was pressure with the unknown of never having shot at states before. Scott and Melissa hadn't shot those type of targets before.”
Hempfield captured the state team title with a 974 score. McGuffey placed second (969), and Avella took third (968).
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins’ protracted slump continues with 5-2 loss at Carolina
- Bodies of Kochu, Gray found in Ohio River in West Virginia
- Saudi-led attacks seen as escalating violence in Yemen
- Barry Manilow plays Pittsburgh ‘one last time’
- Stop foreign dumping, U.S. Steel CEO Longhi tells Congress
- Rossi: Time for NCAA to forget late tourney starts
- IUP races to spot in Division II championship game
- West Virginia women oust Duquesne from WNIT
- Penguins notebook: Staal insists he never asked for trade to Penguins
- Penn Hills junior slain in shooting had visited friends at Monroeville housing complex
- New Ken man ‘holed up’ in house