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David J. Cramer

Sharp Shooter ∙ Hopewell

 

 

 

 

If you are an avid Beaver County sports fan and aren’t sure who Dave Cramer is, don’t be embarrassed. He wouldn’t blame you. Rifle experts like Dave compete in almost total obscurity and rarely are seen by local fans – or any other fans for that matter. Dave earned his spot in the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame by virtue of 20 years of top flight rifle marksmanship on the national and international level. He was the National Rifle Association indoor champion in 1967 and again in 1977 in the conventional rifle class. He was a member of the US Army Marksmanship Training Unit from 1968 to 1970 and was a member of the Army Reserve International Rifle Team from 1970 for more than 15 years. He competed on several Army Reserve championship rifle teams and among his tournament victories were winner of the National High Power Rifle Championships at the National Trophy Individual Match in 1972 and of the Winchester Trophy at the National Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, in 1980, in the any sight individual class. Dave graduated from Homer City High School in 1961 and was a member of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania rifle team, graduating in 1965. He taught science and biology at Hopewell High School and was coach of the Duquesne University rifle team for more than 12 years.