The Trapshooting Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex Main Events Building at 7 p.m. tonight.

The five inductees will be James H. Foster, Chris R. Vendel, Dieter and Betty Krieghoff and Richard Marascola.

Foster, of Duncanville, Texas, has been a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association since 1987. A chair shooter, he has been on 11 All-American teams since 2003, earning captain’s honors nine times. Foster was injured in an ROTC training exercise in Germany in 1970, leaving him with debilitating injuries.

“It takes some extra learning,” Foster said of shooting from a chair. “You have to figure out how to orient your chair for each position on the trap field. You only have a limited amount you can swing. You have to make sure the target stays in that area.”

An avid hunter before his injury, Foster said the sport came easily to him.

Just six years after taking up the sport, Foster worked his way to the 27-yard line. In 2009, he broke 99 targets in The Grand American, winning the chair title. He placed eighth in that event in 1997.

He said doubles is the most difficult discipline for him.

“You have to shoot a target going in one direction, stop your momentum and shoot a target going in the opposite direction,” Foster said. “That’s rather difficult to do when you don’t have any lower muscles.”

In 2001, Foster became just the second wheelchair shooter to complete a Grand Slam – 200 straight singles, 100 straight doubles and a perfect 100 from the 27-yard line.

Although singles are shot at 16 yards and he shoots handicap targets, the difference between the disciplines is more pronounced that just moving back 33 feet.

“It doesn’t sound like (that big a difference),” Foster said. “But, singles, at 16 yards you can relax. You can make small corrections and you’re not in a big rush. In handicap, you have to identify the target quickly, make a smooth move with the gun and pull the trigger. There isn’t much margin for error.”

Because of illness, Foster will be unable to attend the induction ceremony. The Texas delegate for the ATA will read Foster’s acceptance speech.

Vendel shot his first ATA targets on his 14th birthday. By the time he was 14, he had shot in leagues for several years. Vendel broke 95 of the first 100 registered targets, and has been an ATA member since that time.

He has won more than 60 trophies in Grand American competition, including the 1995 and 2010 doubles championships. Vendel claimed the 2004 All-Around and the 2005 High-Overall ttiels.

Other awards include the 2006 Champion of Champions. In 2008, he won the Krieghoff Handicap in a shootout, after breaking a perfect 100 from the 27-yard line.

Vendel completed an ATA Grand Slam in 2000 and then had a Grand American Grand Slam in 2005, breaking all 100 targets in the President’s Handicap.

A resident of Rochester, New York, has averaged better than 99 percent in singles 16 times since 100. He has been names to 16 All-American teams since 1995, including 10 first team awards.

Marascola and the Krieghoffs have been profiled previously.


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Les Winkeler is sports editor and outdoors writer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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