88th Annual Connecticut Gallery Match
Five seemed to be the operative number for the 88th Annual Connecticut Gallery Match as it was fired over five days and saw holes shot in over 500 targets by a bit more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition.
The competition was so tight that in the end Xs were needed to determine many of the individual and team places.
Kayley Pasko and Lily Davenport battled it out in the Senior Division going head on head throughout as they matched scores in each position. Both ended up with a 196 but Pasko went home with match winner laurels by a slim two X margin. Davenport was named High Woman. Phil Kohanski dropped a point prone and was unable to catch up to Pasko and Davenport, even with the highest sitting score, and took the 55+ category shooting a 195.
Stephanie Allan was in second, a point ahead of Junyi Lu, High Out of State, Emma Acampora, third overall, and Devon Dupray, in fourth. The trio was knotted at 193 and finished ten, nine, and eight in X count. Ryan Corderio rounded out the top five with a 192.
In senior team competition the Middlefield Rifle Club Ramkids, Acampora, Steve Lonczak, Zachary Osvald, and Ryan Sponauer, went down to the wire with Quaker Hill Rod and Gun, Mark Wujtewicz, Ryan McKee, Phil Kohanski and Dave Kohanski. The teams were tied at 765 and Kohanski’s dropped point prone proved costly as Middlefield had 35 Xs to Quaker Hill’s 25 giving them the championship.
Wilbraham and Monson Academy, Lu, Corderio, Nicholas Spellman, and Erika Convery, gave the top two team a run for their money posting a 764. In fourth were Haley Reynolds, Taylor Niemiec, Lauren Chechoski, and Ashley Gillis shooting as the Stratford PAL Chuckleheads. Avon Old Farms Gang of four, Feng Lu, Qinyang Du, Deming Geng, and Jiapeng Zhou placed fifth.
Kyle Kutz and Jiapeng Zhou swapped the junior lead throughout the match. Both shot a 197 but Kutz had two more Xs for the victory. Corderio and Davenport also tied at 196 with Corderio taking High Out of State and Davenport packing up her second High Lady award. Tie braking was again in order as Lu and Amanda Grano found themselves with 195s, Lu was second by four X leaving third to Grano. Not to be outdone Allen and Feng tied at 194 with the X count favoring Allan for fourth and Lu in fifth. It is traditional to give a special award to the shooter placing in the same number as the Gallery Match’s anniversary year and 88th place went to Liam Curly.
Junior Team match winner was Wilbraham and Monson Coachmen, Lu, Corderio, Spellman, and Convery Blue Trail Range “A Team”, Acampora, Sponauer, Osvald, and Jacques Goosen were in second. Wilbraham followed by the Stratford PAL Chuckleheads, Reynolds, Niemiec, Chechoski, and Gillis. Shooting as the Monson Titans of Sara Labbe, Minh Nguyen, Jinyu Zhan, and Alex Otte placed fourth. Stratford SPAL Hammerheads of Abbigail Renger, Autumn Smith, Veronica Martino, and Devon Dupray were in fifth.
In the scholastic category, Avon Old Farms captured High Prep School with a team of Zhou, Lu, Ho Young Lee, and Du. Christopher Sokol, Jacob Cink, Brian Masselli, and Joseph Tedeschi firing as Xavier High School’s King’s Bear Cubs took High School honors.
The Sub-junior category was not without its measure of tiebreakers. Amanda Renger won the match in clean fashion by a three point margin. Seth Wemzloff and Tyler Brunetti , 190, went to Xs with Wemzloff placing second and Brunetti third. Faith DelRe, Sydney Niemec, and Chenrui Yuan needed to be weeded out by X count when all three shot a 189. DelRe was named High Lady and Niemec and Yuan went four and five.
Stratford PAL Hedgehogs, Brunetti, Niemec, Jeff Lawlor, and Nicole Gardecki won the junior team match, way ahead of the Wombats, Renger, Delre, Lincoln Lawlor, and Payton Niemec another Stratford PAL entry, which was second. Rounding out the top three was Metacon Leprechauns, Yaun, Connor Walker, Augustin Mike, and Temperance Martin.
The match was dedicated to the memory of Anna McCarthy, coach of the Suffield Academy Rifle Team. McCarthy’s 28 year career at Suffield was marked by dedication to her students, athletes, colleagues, and family.
Match Directors Steve Lonczak and Emma Acampora wish to thank the coaches, parents, athletes, and staff of Blue Trail Range for the cooperation and support that made this year’s Gallery Match a success.
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