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    The Last of The Tennessee State Champions

    The Last of the Tennessee State Champions!


    For those who haven't looked closely at the stats from Unaka, there was some pretty impressive shooting that started with a race to the finish line for the 5 shot Unlimited between Ralph Stewart, Don Hardeman and Tim Singleton. Ralph pulled out the win by .001 shooting .1610 over "Don The Beast Hardeman's agg of .1611. Not to take anything away from these two fine aggs, but Tim shot a .1628 with a bag gun for third place. Very impressive shooting to say the least!


    Here is a picture of The Tennessee State 200 yard Unlimited Champion Ralph Stewart! Ralph has been absent from competition for about a year now. With a newly replaced and healed shoulder, Ralph has returned! It's good to have you back!


    Tim Singleton is our Tennessee State Heavy 200 yard Champion. Tim started the afternoon the same way he did in the morning's Unlimited agg and that's shooting lights out! I battled him as best I could but he was far to powerful for me to handle! When the dust cleared Tim was victorious by his agg of .2126 to my .2168


    Here is a pic of Tim our Tennessee State 200 yard Heavy Varmint Champion and his lovely wife Jan! Great shooting Tim!

    The Light Varmint 200 yard started out as a dream agg for myself. The day before I shot V133 and switched to LT 32 on Sunday morning following Don "The Beast's" lead. My gun was on fire starting match one with a .199, match two .372, match three .281, match four .310! After four targets I was running a .1452 agg. Alas, it was not meant to be. An unfortunate "double" turned what would have been around a .280 into a .672. The final agg was an .1834 and still good enough for the win, but " Oh what could have been". Terry Leonard the maker of some of the "worlds finest stocks" followed with a .2018.


    Evidence!!!!


    After lunch the running aggregate was posted. It was clear by the stats, it was now pretty much a foot race between Don and myself for the 4 Gun. Going into the final agg it was myself with a .1969, The Beast with a .1993 followed Tim " Young Gun" Singleton with a .2211. I had text Andy Shifflet the results up to that point. He was kind enough to tell me before the match started, "If Don beats you by .072 thousands he kicks your a$$, Just Sayin'"

    Standing going into the final aggregate.

    Some back ground information needs to be added here. Don and I are reloading shoulder to shoulder in Strangler's (aka Gary Sullivan's) trailer. We are also shooting side by side on benches 6 and 7. So it's a pure head to head competition.

    The Sporter began by myself gaining a few thousandths on Don (.458 verses a .397) However on the second group Don took all of that back and then some by shooting a .433 to my .591. At this point we are pretty much dead even. The third group I managed to get a few thousandths back but not much.

    The forth and fifth matches were certainly the defining moments of not just the match, but of Don's ability as a shooter to not only "take a punch" but to "give one back!" Going into match 4 Don caught his condition first and rifled off a nice .352. I watched him shoot the group and thought it was around a .280. I looked at Don when he finished and gave him a "thumbs up and nice group!" At this point I'm thinking I'm screwed! But my gun my shot like a laser and I lucked into a .161. Don shook his head and laughed! Strangler is in the spotting scope yelling "Only F-ing Bart would do that!" I was so tickled I couldn't stop laughing either. At that point I figured it was a wrap! But not so fast! On the final group, I started in a pretty good push that was blowing right to left. The group was in the mothball but was taking up quite a bit of real estate. I figured it was a big 5! Don starts his group in some pretty nasty left to right conditions. Disaster lurked with each shot, but he managed to pull out a knot! I thought it was no bigger than a .240. I figured mine was a .570. I looked at Don and said "Great job! I think you just won it!" Truly a spectacular finish under pressure. I'd say this bodes well for things to come for Mr Hardeman. He took the yardage with a .2122 to my 2178 for his first win and to become the Tennessee State 200 Yard Sporter Champion! The 4 Gun was too close to call! When the final targets were hung Don's was a little larger then I though (.271) and mine was a bit smaller (.493). As I looked at the targets Matthew Keller the match director and statistician came up! I said "who won?" He said "the yardage?" No no! I think Don pretty much stomped us for the yardage! The 4 Gun! He said "well I had to peak and see myself, but I can tell you the difference was .0004 ten-thousandths." I said ,Matthew are you going to make me suffer?" So he took pity and told me I had won. I really thought Don had it! Matthew did a great job measuring targets but that was close enough no one will ever know who really won!


    Here is Don "The Beast" Hardeman the Sporter Tennessee 200 yard Champion.


    The reason for the title " The Last of the Tennessee State Champions" is this is the final match to be held at Unaka Gun club. Sadly waning club support and the burden of putting on the match by a handful of talented young folks is just to much. So this is the last shoot to be held there.

    On the bright side of things it was an incredible match for many reasons! Old friends have their health back and have returned to shooting! New shooters like Tim Singleton, Don Hardeman and Gary Sullivan are coming on strong. The head to head competition was great. That type of situation comes along rarely! (Only once when I stomped Andy Shifflet for the win at the Nationals have I had so much fun!)

    But the greatest thing about the whole shoot was learning that a very talented young man whose life was out control, lost, and no hope has found Jesus! That young man is Matthew Keller and I'm very proud of him. Just like he told me when I asked, if he had found Jesus. He said "Yes I have! and It's amazing the wonderful things that are happening in my life now!" For the Christians that are reading this they know exactly what I'm talking about! For those that don't! I hope someday you do!

    Many thanks to the "Unaka Fabulous 5" for putting on such great matches over the years! Your effort are much appreciated and will not be forgotten!


    Matthew Ring leader Match Director and Statistician


    Chrystal Range Officer


    Sean Target Crew


    Chris Target Crew


    Dalton Target Crew


    Bart Sauter The Last Tennessee State 4 Gun Champion
    Last edited by Bart; 08-19-2015 at 07:59 AM.

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    Nice write up. Amen to the part about Matthew.

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    Awesome weekend of shooting. Outstanding job by Bart and Don to stay on top of things all weekend
    Bart, thanks for sharing the best news of all.

    Tim

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    Hopefully not the last Tennessee State Shoot. If we get Kettlefoot, Bristol, it is a Tennessee corporation whose owner is Kettlefoot Recreation Inc.

    Where did you get that Warriors Path Disc Golf pic of Matthew, Bart?


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    Stomped?

    Sounds like your calling me out! See ya in St. Louis. Bxxxx!

    Andy

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    Bart, thanks for the great post and pictures and congratulations on the win. The picture of you with the decidedly non-short range BR stock piques my curiosity??

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    I thimks I missed a great shoot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SGS View Post
    Bart, thanks for the great post and pictures and congratulations on the win. The picture of you with the decidedly non-short range BR stock piques my curiosity??
    Scott,

    That was a pic taken at a long range match in St Louis!

    Bart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart View Post
    Scott,

    That was a pic taken at a long range match in St Louis!

    Bart
    I was pretty sure it wasn't Unaka. Good looking rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerrySharrett View Post
    Hopefully not the last Tennessee State Shoot. If we get Kettlefoot, Bristol, it is a Tennessee corporation whose owner is Kettlefoot Recreation Inc.

    Where did you get that Warriors Path Disc Golf pic of Matthew, Bart?


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    Jerry

    I found it in Facebook! I tried to take a picture of Matthew at the match but my iPhone wouldn't work! I think he broke it!

    Bart

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    Congratulations Bart! Nice write up. You had me cheering for Don!
    Looks like Matthew is the big winner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart View Post
    Jerry

    I found it in Facebook! I tried to take a picture of Matthew at the match but my iPhone wouldn't work! I think he broke it!

    Bart
    I would bet on the "Matthew broke your camera part".

    Thanks for the postings.

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    I had wondered why Unaka wasn't listed in the 2016 schedule lineup for the SE Region on the NBRSA site. Sure hate to see it end. I can remember when it started and the boys who's blood, sweat and tears went into starting NBRSA sanctioned matches at Unaka back in the early 90's. I was living in Greeneville Tn then. The day they dynamited the back bank to get 200 yards had the whole club and half the town there to watch. Sadly we have since lost one of those that helped start it and the original instigator-designer now lives in Virginia somewhere. I remember these founding guys even pulled off doing the NBRSA Rimfire Nationals there. That was a feat in itself. I believe it was only their second year into doing NBRSA Sanctioned shoots when they were asked by NBRSA to host the Rimfire Nationals. They accepted the challenge and pulled off a magnificent 7 day event along with some of the biggest names in shooting for sponsors. Can't remember exactly but I believe they even gave around 5 bench rifles away. And the Centerfire matches always drew 60 plus participants. Seems there was always 4 relays in those days. Would have been for long days had it not been for the well oiled machine they had assembled.

    Anyway, sad to see the loss of the Unaka matches and sad to see the withering of NBRSA sanctioned clubs in the region. There use to be so many that there was a sanctioned shoot twice a month in the region back in those days. A lot of fine people both now and back in those golden beginning days gave a lot to start this and continue this at Unaka for over two decades. But hopefully with the return of Roanoke to the mix, maybe this downward slope will reverse.
    Last edited by benchshooter; 01-28-2016 at 01:00 AM.

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    What's the chance of getting Unaka back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilbur View Post
    What's the chance of getting Unaka back?

    CCBW, I think the "power team" that took over after the passing of Norman Jones is still working on it. Dunno what will be the outcome.

    We are looking at possibly getting shoots back at the Bristol club, Kettlefoot. About 5 years ago we spent some $85,000 upgrading the Bristol range, adding a new firing line and 30 new benches only to loose the intended range officer in a non fatal but dehabilitating accident.

    The perplexing thing is why the big drop-off in participants. The very first center fire shoot I was in was at Unaka and there were 63 shooters. This final event in 2015 there were only 13 shooters??


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