The epic novel, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens starts with the opening statement, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times -” and so it was for the shooters that showed-up to compete in the September match.
For four shooters it was the best of times as each shot 700 and above in the rifle match. One of those shooters was Jeff Barnes who shot a personal best. But the shooter that enjoyed the best of the best of times was Howard Bloom, who after a long and trying medical absence, and against all odds, won the rifle match. Welcome back Howie. Believe it or not you were missed – by at least a couple of people.
On the flip side, Joe Caporaso had the worst of times shooting the lowest score of his illustrious career. As could be expected, he blamed his pitiful performance on his rifle. Another shooter with rifle problems was Ron Carter who had the rifle match wrapped-up until the third relay when his rifle abruptly took a trip to the Outer Limits.
As for all the other shooters, the tale is in the scores.
|Name||Relay 1||Relay 2||Relay 3||Total||Place|
|Howard Bloom||235 9X||244 9x||237 7X||716 25X||1|
|Ron Carter||243 11X||243 9X||223 7X||709 27X||2|
|Jeff Barnes||228 6X||237 7X||236 7X||701 20X||3|
|Ron Ainsworth||238 6X||233 6X||229 7X||700 19X||4|
|Bill Guida||229 8X||239 8X||229 4X||697 20X||5|
|Ron Orton||236 6X||223 4X||231 6X||690 16X||6|
|Brian Jones||228 3X||233 7X||229 5X||690 15X||7|
|Dave Beck||226 5X||229 2X||226 9X||681 16X||8|
|Joseph Caporaso||222 3X||227 4X||227 4X||676 11X||9|
|Stan La Pointe Jr.||207 2X||221 3X||219 2X||647 7X||10|
|Stan La Pointe III||202 3X||191 2X||209 3X||602 8X||11|
The worst of times continued for some of us in the Charger match. With seven of the eight shooters shooting in the sixties the match was close with tie-breakers determining first and second place and third and fourth place.
|Name||Relay 1||Relay 2||Total||Place|
|Stan La Pointe III||25||36||61||6|
|Stan La Point Jr.||25||35||60||7|
When the matches were finished some of us just wanted to go home and put the day behind us. But even when you don’t shoot your best, for many of us – the worst of times at the range is still better than the best of times somewhere else.