have been more than delinquent in keeping this column up to date.
Let’s see if we can make a change for the New Year.
First let me pay a tribute to Betty Sackett. She has been running
this site for some time and will be stepping down, Tiger Volz is
taking over. Where do you start with Betty, her accomplishments on
the field or her contributions off it? Betty’s shooting record
speaks for itself. She was the first Lady to run 200 at the State
Shoot, she only broke 199 the following year, and at Prescott they
still talk about her 100 from the 27 at the Western Zone. Betty is
a member of the Arizona Trapshooting Hall of Fame and was active on
the Board of Directors. She is also the one who creates our
programs, calculates the State Teams and keeps a close watch on
everything. Have a question? Call Betty! When Arizona Ladies are
mentioned, the first name that comes up is Betty Sackett.
The Autumn Grand
At the Autumn Grand American, Darvin Thomas of Lake Havasu won the
Singles Championship with a perfect 200 and an additional 100 in the
shootoff. Other champs from Arizona were Karen Bergman, winning the
Lady II Doubles crown, Barry Roach won the always tough Veterans
class in the Handicap, and Max Peevyhouse who tied for the Sub Vets,
but fell just short in the shootoff. All told Arizona produced 40
overall, category and yardage winners during the 12 days. Not too
Hall of Fame
Speaking of the Hall of Fame, the annual shoot will be at Ben Avery
from January 10 -14. The first three days are part of the Arizona
Chain and the last two are dedicated to the HOF. This year’s
inductee is Doug Sims and it is well deserved. Like Betty, Doug
contributes on two fronts. He is a championship shooter, his list
of wins will take you 15 minutes to read at the ceremony, and if you
like the way that Tucson runs, you can thank Doug. While the shoot
and ceremony are open to all, it would be great to have a strong
Actually there will be plenty or registered shooting before the HOF.
Tucson, Cochise, Rio Salado, Casa Grande, Double Adobe, and
Tri-State are all in action. Karen and I always try to make it to
Casa Grande’s New Years shoot and soiree. It starts on the 26th
and ends on New Year’s Eve. It is capped by a feast around 4 PM.
Yes, we are getting old.