Sharpshooters excel in competition

John Hamilton, left, Trenton Franklin and Emilee Seitz.

The Southern Indiana Sharpshooters, sponsored by The American Legion Post 147 of Jasper, competed in the Southern Indiana Air Rifle Shooting Series at the Indiana Rifle and Pistol Club in Georgetown on Feb. 3.

There were 41 shooting athletes from various shooting clubs in southern Indiana competing in the three positions, 3-by-10 match. The match requires each shooter to fire 10 record shots at three separate, 10 bull targets from the prone, standing and kneeling positions at a distance of 10 meters.

The top three shooters are Emilee Seitz (gold medal) with a score of 265 and six bulls, Trenton Franklin (silver medal) with a score of 259 and six bulls, and John Hamilton (bronze medal) with a score of 258 and four bulls. The maximum score is 300.

Emilee is the daughter of Katrina and Mark Seitz of Velpen. She is a sophomore and attends the Seitz Homeschool Academy. Trenton is the son of Tony and Leann Franklin of Versailles. He is a sophomore and attends Reply High School in Versailles. John is the son of Paul and Paula Hamilton of Georgetown. He is a junior and attends Lanesville High School. Emilee is a member of the Southern Indiana Sharpshooters of Jasper, Trenton is a member of the American Legion Shooting Club of Versailles and John is a member of the Young Guns, SIRPC of Georgetown.

The Junior Shooting Sports Program has exploded in growth in the past five years in southern Indiana with shooting clubs now established in Jasper, Seymour, Versailles, Shoals and Georgetown. It’s a great program usually sponsored by a local American Legion Post, but can be organized and sponsored by any shooting organization or started from the ground up. Information can be found by visiting the American Legion Department of Indiana web page at Go to programs and click on Junior Shooting Sports. Interested clubs can also go to Facebook and click on Southern Indiana Sharpshooters for up-to-date photos and information.

For further information on this and other children and youth programs offered by the American Legion Post 147, call Daniel B. Lawson at 812 661-2440 or   

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