We had seven (7) shooters this morning. A good turnout for a day that started at about 16 degrees F. Surprisingly, the sling shooters outnumbered the F-Class shooters. That doesn't happen very often.
We had four (4) categories represented, with just a couple shooters in each. High (and only) Any Rifle was Matt Wieczorek with a 395-18, High F-Open was Tony Dekelaita with a 390-12, High Palma Rifle was Ray Gross with a 395-21, and high Service Rifle was Jason Quayle with a 358-2.
In notable performances, Matt Wieczorek had the only clean for the day in his second string, a 200-10.
We truly thread the needle. On Wednesday, December 30, in the year of COVID, we saw snow and low temperatures. On Thursday, December 31 we had dry conditions, little wind, and temperatures outside hovering around 30 F. Moreover, in the tent it was easily over 40 maybe even higher. As I type this report on January 1, 2021 I watch the sleet falling. So, we definitely were able to thread the needle for our New Years Eve match.
When Ray and I arrived at the range at about 8:45 AM, we were pretty lonely, but at about 9:00 AM cars and trucks started arriving. Order lines (or squadding lines) often follow a poisson distribution. Which is to say it is random with clumps. Normally, I see a single "clump". For this match we experienced about three clumps. Which is to say we had a lot of entries. Seventeen (17) to be exact. This was the largest New Year's Eve match in our history.
For demographics, we had: seven (7) F-Open, four (4) F-TR, three (3) Palma Rifle, two (2) Service Rifle, and one (1) lonely Any Rifle shooter. The high competitors were: Marcel Bollinger, F-Open 400-28; Scott Burr, F-TR 399-23; Ray Gross, Palma Rifle 397-23; Derek Stratelak, Service Rifle 379-12; and Matt Wieczorak, Any Rifle 391-13.
If you are looking for excitement, there is the New Year's Eve Rifle Match at Midland County Sportsman's Club on December 31, 2020. An opportunity to kiss the year of COVID goodbye with a 2x600. Category awards will be made. Program: 2020 New Year's Eve Rifle Match
The Winter Mid-Range Prone League will be held at the Midland County Sportsman's Club in Midland, Michigan on the following dates:
February 20, 2021
March 6, 2021
March 27, 2021
April 3, 2021
April 17, 2021
April 24, 2021
Given that we will be using a heated tent to shoot from, the typical temperature limits on dates will be ignored. However, in the case where winter weather may cause extreme highway conditions we will maintain the right to cancel dates. Watch this site for information before traveling on all of the above dates.
On a cool, but sunny day we had seven (7) shooters competed in the Annual Foul Weather Rifle Match on November 28, in the year of COVID. With seven shooters this was the second highest participation in the past several years. Probably because it was close to a nice day for November in Michigan.
A sunny November day in Michigan:
High F-Open was Donald Hicks with a 397-24, Jake Sauve was high F-TR with a 397-17, and the only sling shooter was Leo Cebula with a 392-13.
And for a little perspective, a picture of me (Leo) congratulating Jake Sauve (Brad's Son) for being high Junior in one of our state matches in around 2009-2010 time frame.
And a picture of Jake and I, yesterday in November 2020. I think he grew a little, and it looks like I lost a couple pounds.
As a rule this match is the last outdoor match of the year, with the possible exception of a New Year's Eve match. We will wait a few weeks to decide whether or not shooting on New Year's Eve would be possible. So, watch this site for an annoucement.