Chase Long hosts Shotgun Shoot as Senior Project

Sponsored by YHEC in memory of Lenny Young III

PHOTOS PROVIDED At left, Lenny Young III is shown smiling with his father Leonard Young Jr. at a YHEC event. At right, incoming senior at Central Mountain High School, Chase Long, is shown preparing for a clay shoot.

LOGANTON — Incoming senior at Central Mountain High School, Chase Long, will be hosting the fourth annual Lenny Young III Memorial Shotgun Shoot, sponsored by the YHEC program, for his Senior Project. The event takes place on Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southern Clinton County Sportsmen’s Association, or 55 South Sportsman Road, in Loganton.

Long, a five-year member of YHEC, has decided to host this event because it hits close to home. He has been shooting competitively for many years and he shared a close relationship with Lenny Young III, former member of YHEC, for whom this event is being held in remembrance of.

YHEC, or Youth Hunter Education Challenge, is a program that specializes in educating young hunters with various outdoor skills and safety training techniques. The program provides members with hands-on training that promotes gun safety and responsibility, as well as an introduction to various shooting sports.

Young, at age 19, was able to become an advancing sportsman before being killed in a tragic automobile accident in 2016. At age 16, Young placed first overall at the state level and was among the top five young hunters from the senior division in Pennsylvania at the international level.

Long is destined to keep Young’s memory alive by hosting this year’s event.

All proceeds of the event will be given to the Keystone Foundation to award the Lenny Young III Memorial Scholarship Award to graduating YHEC members pursuing a higher education.

The event will be coordinated by Long with the help of former YHEC members. The course will be set up for the event’s festivities on Aug. 7 and food will be provided by Brian Brunner.

The shoot costs $20 to participate in and it will be a 50-shot course.

In addition to the shoot, there will also be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, and flurry event available for the event goers.

The flurry event includes a partner activity where there is a constant stream of clay targets and you and your partner try to break as many as you can. One partner shoots and the other partner quickly reloads.

Some of the many baskets available at the Chinese auction include a car wash basket, and a free oil change, and a dad’s cooking basket, with an Arby’s gift card.

All COVID-19 rules and restrictions will be strictly enforced at this event.

Long encourages community members to attend the shotgun shoot to participate in the various events. “This event happens every year and everyone who comes seems to really enjoy it” stated Long.


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