Annie Oakley's relation, Bob Hankinson of Akron wins Annie's Memorial Shootout in the men's division. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Oakley kin wins Annie’s Memorial Shootout

Annie Oakley's relation place well in Annie's Memorial Shootout men and women division

GREENVILLE – Akron’s Bob Hankinson, a cousin of Annie Oakley through a great-grandfather won the 2022 Annie’s Memorial Shoot hitting the mark from a distance of 140 feet.

“I hope so,” Hankinson said when asked if his shooting skills come from his distant cousin.

Hankinson first learned he was a relative of Annie Oakley 10 years ago when his father was “getting his ancestry done”.

“We come to find out that we were related to Annie through our great-grandfather,” noted Hankinson. “Back in 2015 was our first trip out here and I have been out here the last two years.”

“It was very exciting when I found out I was related to Annie – a goose bump moment,” added Hankinson. “I read anything I can find to learn more about Annie.”

Cierra Miller won first place in the ladies division, Taylor Roe, a great-great-great-great niece of Oakley’s took second and Nancy Slaughter finished third in the ladies division.

In the men’s division it was Hankinson followed with Gary Evans in second place and Chris Hunt, a great-great-great nephew of Miss Oakley finished third.

Cierra Miller wins the women's Miss Annie's Memorial Shootout. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Miss Annie's Memorial Shootout top men finishers (L-R) Bob Hankinson (first); Gary Evans (second); Chris Hunt (third), (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Miss Annie's Memorial Shootout top ladies finishers (L-R) Cierra Miller (first); Taylor Roe (second); Nancy Slaughter (third). (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Annie Oakley great-great-great-great niece Taylor Roe places second in the ladies division. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Chris Hunt, a great-great-great nephew of Miss Oakley places third. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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