October 17th, 2020

California Junior Lady Shooter Excels in High Power Game

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Lauren “Sissy” Wood (R) earned 3rd overall in July 2020 Talladega team event with teammate Dustin Carr.

Lauren “Sissy” Wood, 18, has been a member of the California Grizzlies Junior Rifle Team for the last five years. At the CMP Talladega High Power Regional Cup Matches in July 2020, she was a top performer. Sissy was High Woman shooter in the Cup Events and, with teammate Dustin Carr, she finished third overall in the 2-person Team match.

At previous big national matches, Sissy also earned honors. At the 2019 National Matches, Sissy was third overall in the High Civilian category and was the first overall junior in the Day 2 slow fire segment of the CMP Cup 1000 Aggregate. And she was second-place High Junior shooting with her CA Grizzlies team in the National Trophy Team match and National Trophy Infantry Team (Rattle Battle) event. That’s an impressive performance against very tough competition.

Question and Answers with Teen Shooter Lauren “Sissy” Wood

Q. How did you get into competitive shooting?

A. I originally started shooting .22s as an 8-year-old with my dad. Every month, he would take me to the local gun club’s junior day, and I would get to shoot. I did that until I was in about 7th grade. That’s when my dad also got me into High Power. Ever since then, I’ve been shooting High Power with the Grizzlies.

Q. What is one of your best memories from competitive shooting?

A. One of my favorite memories from shooting was my fourth year in Ohio — the 1000 CMP Cup Aggregate. I had shot my personal best at 600 two days in a row.

Q. What is your practice routine? How often, and what do you do?

A. I mainly practice after matches to help fix what I did wrong in that match; then practice at home.

Q. How do you prepare for a match on match day (mentally and physically)?

A. I don’t necessarily have a physical routine, but I do have a couple mental things that I do that are kind of quirky actually. I tell myself that all you need to do is focus on the next shot, and whatever you just shot is in the past. Focus on the next one. I just repeat that. And remember to breath.

Q. What’s the best shooting advice you’ve ever received?

A. “Think center, shoot center” from Jim O’Connell.


California Grizzlies team practicing with coach/mentor Jim O’Connell.

Q. What are your plans for the future (in and outside of shooting)? What goals do you hope to achieve?

A. My ultimate goal in shooting is to “leg-out” and get Distinguished. Once I achieve that, I’m not sure what’s next.

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About the California Grizzlies:
The California Grizzlies Rifle Team has been a part of the California shooting world for over two decades. The team consists of juniors between the ages of 13 and 20 from throughout the state of California. Many Grizzlies alumni have advanced to the Citadel, Air Force Academy, Army Marksmanship Unit, U.S. Rifle Team, and the Navy Academy. Each summer, the CA Grizzlies have traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio, to compete in the annual National Matches. Over the years, the Grizzlies have accrued countless junior team and individual wins in National Matches events. One of the team’s most notable accomplishments came in 2009, when the Grizzlies became the first junior team to win the century-old Rattle Battle. In fact, the CA Grizzlies were the first civilian team to win the match since 1930! To learn more about the California Grizzlies, visit TeamGrizzlies.org.

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February 27th, 2016

Help Support the California Grizzlies Rifle Team

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You may not know it, but a team of youngsters from California is the winningest junior team in the history of the National Matches at Camp Perry. Despite California’s tough gun laws, the young shooters on the California Grizzlies Rifle Team have managed to rack up impressive victories in competition, achieving excellence season after season.

Help Support the California Grizzlies Junior Rifle Team
Right now the California Grizzlies are seeking donations to support their effort to attend the 2016 National Matches at Camp Perry. You can make a secure PayPal donation through the Grizzlies’ website, www.TeamGrizzlies.org.

California Grizzlies junior Team

The California Grizzlies squad has always excelled — it remains the only junior team to ever win the Infantry Trophy (NTIT) at the NRA National Championships. In 2009, Team Grizzlies O’Connell shot a 1284 to win the NTIT, becoming the first junior team to ever win the event and the first civilian team to win in 79 years. In 2013, the Grizzlies again shot superbly, winning not only the High Junior Title, but the Civilian Title as well. In fact, in 2013, the young Grizzlies squad beat ALL the adult teams except the powerhouse U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Team.


Here is the 2009 Grizzlies Squad that won the NTIT outright, beating ALL other teams.

Watch the Grizzlies in Action, Training for the Nationals
This video was filmed in 2010 during a week-long training clinic held at the Coalinga range in central California. During the clinic, Grizzlies members honed their position shooting skills. We wish these boys and girls good luck in their quest for another team victory at Camp Perry.

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August 28th, 2013

FCWC — Images from Day 2 of Team World Championship

The F-Class World Championships wrapped up yesterday at Raton. This was the biggest F-Class Worlds ever, and the level of competition was higher than ever before. But the World Championships were not just about wind calls and V-Counts. The event was also about camaraderie. All those who participated made new friends from around the globe. In the end, this event was about fellowship, and the bond of shared challenges with fellow shooters. No matter what the tally on the team score-card, everyone who participated in the World Championships came home a winner — a winner in the game of life.

Two Aussies Share the Joy of Victory…
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Team F-TR USA Members Ham it Up After Winning F-TR World Championship.
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The U.S. F-Open National Team on its Way to the Silver Medal.
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Tough Guys Jim Crofts, Paul Phillips, and Brad Sauve Helped Carry Team USA to Victory.
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Team Canada at the 1000-yard Line. Canada Hosts the next F-Class Worlds in Ottawa, 2017.
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2013 World Individual F-Class Champion Kenny Adams Shooting in Team Mode.
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Past NRA President John Sigler with his Wife. John is an Avid F-Class Shooter Himself.
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South African F-Open Shooter Hard at Work.
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Our British Friends Russell Simmonds and Laurie Holland — both Forum Members.
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Spanish Team Genius at work — Farley Rest Bolted to a Truck Brake Rotor. Rock Solid.
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Team F-TR USA Captain Darrell Buell with the Superb New Nightforce Spotting Scope.
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Two Young Ladies on the Junior F-TR Team Enjoyed the Event.
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Team Ireland Proudly Shows the Colors. Erin Go Bragh!
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Forum Boss and Raton Range Boss Watch the Action on Day 2.

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Editor’s Note: If I learned one unforgettable lesson from this match, it is that we shooters have a common bond that spans oceans and crosses national borders. We truly are a brotherhood of riflemen who share a passion for a challenging and rewarding sport.

I want to thank all the many people who came up to me and said “Thanks for the website — keep doing what you’re doing — it’s important”. I heard that message from Brits, Aussies, Spaniards, South Africans, Germans, Kiwis, Italians, Brazilians, Ukrainians, Irelanders, and of course my fellow Americans. Thank you all for your kind words. Rest assured, we’ll do our best to “keep the faith” in the years ahead.

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August 24th, 2010

Three Sisters Shoot with Top Pennsylvania Junior Squad

Horomanski Sisters PAThe Steel Eagles Junior Rifle Team from Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s top junior squads. The Steel Eagles two-person junior team of John Yates, 18, and Brian Deyoung, 15, took top honors in the At-Large category of the National Trophy Junior Team Match.

The Steel Eagles’ Gold six-person team placed second in the National Trophy Rifle Team Match behind the California Grizzlies Team Seeley. Firing members for the Steel Eagles 6-person team were: Nathan Evagash, 16; Joseph Hendricks, Jr., 14; Elyse Horomanski, 19; Garrett Miller, 19; Jacob Perryman, 17; and Thomas Trent, 16. Read MORE…

Trio of Sisters Compete Together
The Steel Eagles may be the only Junior team in the country with three sisters shooting together. The three Horomonski girls, Elyse (age 19), Jenna (age 16), and Marie (age 14) all compete with the Steel Eagles. Elyse shot her personal best at Camp Perry this year. Father Curt Horomanski, of Monroeville, PA, says he’s happy to provide shooters for the Steel Eagles junior rifle team. His oldest daughter Chessa, 22, recently graduated from the junior ranks but he still has three daughters shooting with the Steel Eagles team, affiliated with the PA Rifle and Pistol Association. The Horomanski sisters, Elyse, Jenna, and Marie, have each been shooting High Power since the age of 12. They follow the sibling shooting tradition set by eldest sister Chessa, a tradition they hope will continue on with their eight-year-old brother.

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Sisters Started Shooting ARs at Age 12
The girls didn’t take the traditional route of shooting air rifle or .22 caliber smallbore rifle prior to jumping into High Power. All of the Horomanski girls fired nothing but AR-15 rifles from the start,. “They all started at [age] 12,” Curt said. “We started in club shooting and they went to the firing line standing and didn’t hit the target very much -– sometimes they were on paper, but not in the scoring area. Of course the tears would roll down, but they got better and better.”

Over the years the Horomanski family has traveled to matches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and most recently, North Carolina, improving at each event. The girls attended the Eastern Junior Highpower Clinic & Championship at Camp Butner, NC, and did very well. “They went down [to Butner] and didn’t want to leave,” Curt said. “They made a lot of friendships at Butner.” Marie, the youngest, added: “I enjoy going to shooting events because I like making friends from all across the country.”

Story courtesy CMP Online Magazine; top photo from Steel Eagles’ Facebook page.
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