Ladies set records at 2022 Camp Perry National Games Matches

Staff Writer

The 2022 National Games Matches, part of the annual Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry, belonged to the women as they collected national record scores in four of seven main events offered within the schedule.
Kerri Lewis, 46, of Middletown, Rhode Island, shattered the previous High Woman record in the Vintage Military Match with 271-4X – clearing the score by a whopping 13 points.
Not to be outdone, Meghann Beaver, 23, of Indianapolis, Indiana, etched her own national record in the High Woman category of the Springfield Match as she bested the prior record score (held by Lewis) by five points – reaching 287-9X in the event.
Likewise, Maisey Loucks, 27, of Mechanicville, New York, earned High Woman in the Carbine match along with a new national record score – surpassing the old record by three points – while Madelynn Schnelle, 15, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, set a score of 283-5X (one point over the previous record) in the John C. Garand Match to claim the High Woman honor.
The National Games Matches are the CMP’s own lineup of recreational-style vintage and modern rifle competitions. The events provide unique challenges to competitors while also celebrating the legacy of each remarkable firearm on the historic grounds of Camp Perry – home to the National Matches for over a century.
Among many fun and challenging events, the Games series includes four main rifle groupings (Garand, Springfield, Vintage and Modern Military), as well as aggregate awards for those who fire multiple rifle types. Recognitions are also awarded to the High Junior, High Senior, High Garand Senior and High Woman of each match.
Brian Williams, 48, of Granby, Massachusetts, is no stranger to the National Games events. He’s the current national record holder in the Vintage Military Match and is a past winner of the Three-Gun Aggregate while also claiming the Four-Gun Aggregate four out of the last five years.
“I have a few goals for these matches every year, and this year I was able to stay consistent enough to achieve all three,” Williams said.
His conquests for 2022 were the M1 Carbine Match and return wins in both the Three-Gun and Four-Aggregates – all in which he went on to earn.
Williams led the Carbine Match by more than 10 points, achieving a score of 375-10X. Merton Emery, 66, of Auburn Hills, Michigan, landed in second with 364-7X and claimed the High Senior title. Other notable performers during the Carbine event included Cole Aussieker, 16, of Wenona, Illinois, who was High Junior, and Dean Wilkening, 71, of Decatur, Indiana, who marked High Grand Senior status.
Nick Till, 48, of Howell, Michigan, nearly reached a national record of his own but came up short with a score of 291-6X for the overall win in the Garand Match as Williams took second. High Senior, Doug Armstrong, 62, of Lexington, North Carolina, earned third.
Allison Schultze, 20, of Elmore, Ohio, notched a score of 280-5X for the High Junior title, as Robert Steketee, 72, of Haslett, Michigan, earned 277-2X for the High Grand Senior spot.
In the Springfield Match, James Schonke, 48, of Pepin, Wisconsin, led overall with a score of 292-9X. Schnelle returned to earn the High Junior title, while James Martin (66, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Frank Gill (71, of Oil City, Pennsylvania) respectively earned High Senior and High Grand Senior honors.
Matthew Slocum, 41, of Springfield, Pennsylvania, not only led the Vintage Military event but was also the top competitor firing a 1917 Enfield – achieving an overall score of 288-8X. Also earning overall categorical titles was High Junior Alex Becker (17, of Monticello, Indiana), High Senior Thomas Morley (62, of Washington, Pennsylvania) and High Grand Senior Robert McKenzie (73, of Vineland, New Jersey).
Clearing the top spot in the Modern Military Match was SGT Jonathan Wood, 37, of Kennar, Louisiana, with a score of 293-12X. High Senior was Steven Dekich, 65, of Auburn, Alabama, as Michael Larkin, 70, of Sugar Land, Texas, earned Grand Senior. Kyle Schloemer, 20, of Cleveland, Ohio, was named High Junior.
A Springfield M1A Match, hosted by Springfield Armory, was also held during the National Games Matches. Out of over 200 competitors in the event, Brian Appel, 33, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, landed in front with a score of 377-5X.
Also earning recognitions was High Service Member Maj Richard Martinez of the U.S. Marine Corps, High Junior Thomas McGowan of Hortonville, Wisconsin, High Senior Robert Steketee of Haslett, Michigan, High Grand Senior John Kurek of Jacksonville, North Carolina, and High Civilian Dwayne Lewis of Greenville, South Carolina. Kerri Lewis earned High Woman.
In the Vintage Sniper Match, Rudd’s Rough Riders (Michael Korff and Paul Jackson) overtook the Manual category with a score of 391-12X, while Team Tater (Liam McEvoy and Robert Boxler) gathered a score of 369-4X to claim the Semi-Auto win.


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