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Schlabach is state’s best

Mike Schlabach of Clarence was announced as the recipient of Dwyer Award during a pistol match at the Ten-X Shooting Club in Lancaster Aug. 10.

The Dwyer Award is presented to the highest scoring New York State shooter in the Sharpshooter Class competition, an annual national match held this year July 9-13 at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Schlabach finished with a score of 2378-35X, a total of 2,378 points in matches with .22 rimfire, centerfire of .32 to .45 caliber and .45 caliber competition.

A perfect score for all three matches would be 2,700 points with all hits in the ten (X) ring.

The Dwyer Award honors the late Bernard “Bernie” Dwyer, a frequent national winner in sharpshooting competition representing the Binghamton Rifle Club; Dwyer died during the 1977 Camp Perry Match.

While making the Dwyer Award presentation to Schlabach, Russ Rizzo asked John Dworak of Clarence to join the event. Dworak won the Dwyer Award in 1991 and lives next door to Schlabach. Rizzo later noted, “Considering all the sharpshooters in the state, what are the chances?”

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