Sharpshooters excel in competition

Richard Block
Emilee Seitz
Tanner Franklin

The Southern Indiana Sharpshooters, sponsored by The American Legion Post 147 of Jasper, competed in the Southern Indiana Air Rifle Shooting Series at the Versailles American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Club in Friendship on Oct. 26.

There were 41 shooting athletes from various shooting clubs in southern Indiana who competed in the three positions, 3-by-10 match. This 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 Richard Block (gold medal) with a score of 262 and four bulls, Emilee Seitz (silver medal) with a score of 260 and eight bulls and Tanner Franklin (bronze medal) with a score of 259 and four bulls. The maximum score is 300.

Block is a junior at South Ripley High School and is the son of Heather and Richard Block of Versailles. Seitz is a junior at Seitz Home School Academy and the daughter of Katrina and Mark Seitz of Velpen. Franklin is a junior of South Ripley High School and is the son of Tony and Leann Franklin of Versailles. Block and Franklin are members of the Versailles American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program and Seitz is a member of the Southern Indiana Sharpshooters of the American Legion of Jasper.

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, Hancock County 4-H and Georgetown. The program is 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 also can go to Facebook page — 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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