TRAPSHOOTING: Elysburg youth achieving state shoot success
ELYSBURG - Most area teens in attendance at this week's PSSA State Shoot are aiming at making some summer money.
Elysburg's Aaron Hower is blasting away that notion.
The 15-year-old is one of the few area teens competing in this week's events, and as of Thursday, he's already won two events.
"It's fun to see them. They tease me a little bit about it," Hower said about seeing classmates at the Valley Gun and Country Club during the week.
Hower placed first in both the singles and handicap events in the sub-junior division. He shot a 97 in the Frank Pascoe Singles and a 96 in the Hall of Fame Handicap, and added a runner-up in the doubles with a 77.
Hower also won the sub-junior division of the Attorney General's Cup.
The best news for Hower is that he has plenty of room to get better after only taking up the sport two years ago.
"When I was little, I'd hear the shooting and then my dad brought me down," Hower said. "My friend, Joey Recla, got me into it from there."
Recla, of Mahanoy Plane, who himself has only been shooting for five years, has a Class AAA runner-up in the doubles already this year, is also part of Hower's practice group at the club.
"I always shoot with Joey," Hower said. "He's like an older brother and he calms me down and just helps with it."
Hower's other interests include hunting and fishing, and baseball, which tie perfectly into trapshooting.
"I think with seeing the ball and then swinging the bat, and swinging at a target are kind of the same thing," Hower said.
While his options for his future are wide open, Hower would like to shoot on a team in college after catching the shooting bug.
He mentioned a team at Penn State, but since he's going to be a sophomore in high school this fall, Hower hasn't narrowed down his choice of majors.
Recla's brother, Ian, a student at Nativity, can also hold his own on the line.
Ian, 16, won the junior division of the Colonial Classic Doubles with a 96, the Tuesday Preliminary Doubles with a 190, the Richard Milbert Handicap with a 92 and the Attorney General's Cup with a 285.
Ian insisted the sport was in his blood with his brother a fellow shooter and his father, Joe, running the kitchen at the PSSA grounds.
The Recla brothers were members of the 2013 Pennsylvania All-American team.