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June 10, 2013

Pennsylvania State Trapshoot: A family affair

ELYSBURG -- If ever anyone was born to shoot trap, it would be Ian Darroch.

Darroch, now 20 and an education major at Robert Morris University, never had a chance.

Not that he wanted it.

The story of the Darrochs, of Hopewell Township (near Aliquippa), and their trap shooting success spans three generations.

Ian's father, 54-year-old Ken, said his father, Leo, taught him how to skeet shoot and eventually to shoot trap, and the two of them began a journey that saw them competing -- and competing well -- in the various major trapshooting championships.

Ken introduced a date (and future wife), Pam, to the sport and now the legend of the Darrochs is in good shape with their son, Ian.

Ian's first trip to the Valley Gun and Country Club, longtime site of the nation's largest state trapshooting event, came when, as he tells it, "two or three month after I was born."

Added Ian, "The day after I was out of the hospital (from) being born, I was at a gun club."

He's been an ATA life member since he was one, but didn't shoot until he was 10 or 11 and began shooting registered targets just before turning 13.

"I can't say I picked it up real quick, and (my dad) didn't really push me. It took me a couple years to get any kind of proficient at it".

Now he wants to do all the things his father and grandfather did, plus more, he said.

Added Ken, "He wants to break my records and I'm fine with that; records are meant to be broken and if he breaks them he's shot very well."

Following in the large footsteps of his father (11-time high all-around champion, five-time all-around champion, two state singles and a doubles title), Ian recently learned he made the Amateur Trapshooting Association's All-America team in the junior gold category.

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