Shooting for a cause

The sounds of gunfire filled the air at the grounds of the Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County Friday as shooters helped raise money toward a worthy cause.

The second annual Bustin Clay 4 United Way event drew 125 participants and raised about $15,550.

“This year is a better turnout,” said Bustin Clay Committee member Mike Arispe. “Everyone seems to be having a good time.”

The event sponsored by the American Association of Drilling Engineers, he said, drew a good mix of shooters representing local operators and service providers in the gas and oil industry.

AADE is a national organization focused on sharing drilling practices.

Twenty-five teams of five shooters circulated around the grounds to 10 target areas.

Each shooter was given the opportunity to fire at 100 sporting clays.

Total scores for each team were tallied.

“It’s not uncommon to come here and someone gets 98 or 99,” said Scott Snydan, a shooter with Stream Flo, of Williamsport, who had just finished hitting six of the 10 clays.

He said he likes to shoot clays as much as he can.

“It’s a great way to get everyone together,” he said. “It beats any day in the office.”

Karl Rockl, who was shooting with the Crescent Services, of Sayre, team, couldn’t have agreed more.

“I love it,” he said.

Rockl said he also shoots clays whenever he can.

Mary B. Wolf, government relations adviser for Anadarko Petroleum, which also sponsored a team, was busy working one of the shooting ranges.

She said the event provides for a good all-around fun day.