• Dean Marquardt is hoisted into the air to the strains of "Er Lebe Hoach" ("May He Live High") after being crowned the rimfire Schuetzenkoenig at the 123rd Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest held on Saturday and Sunday at the Bear Creek Shooting Range. —Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
  • Top shooters — Winning Schuetzenkoenig honors at the 123rd Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest over the weekend were Tim Frantzen, left, centerfire division, and Dean Marquardt, rimfire division.
  • Winning the centerfire division team honors at the Schuetzenfest was the Bear Creek Shooting Club that included, in front from left, J.D. Feller and J.C. Feller, and in back, Les Feller, Leah Ottmers, Dennis (Bear) Crenwelge, Walton Heimann and Laura Lundquist.
  • After being crowned the centerfire king at the 123rd Annual Bundes Schuetzenfest over the weekend, Tim Frantzen is hoisted into the air to the music of “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High”).

Frantzen, Marquardt crowned Schuetzenkoenige

Bear Creek, Hubertus win team honors at the 123rd Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest over weekend


Two shooters who have won the title before were crowned Schuetzenkoenige at the 123rd Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest over the weekend.

Tim Frantzen won the centerfire division and Dean Marquardt took top honors in the rimfire division. Both are members of the Hubertus Shooting Club.

Held at the Bear Creek Shooting Range, the event was hosted by the Hubertus Shooting Club and drew 135 shooters.

The top shooters in the centerfire and rimfire divisions receive a rotating trophy that is passed down to the next “Schuetzenkoenig,” a permanent trophy kept by the winner and a medal.

Both of the kings as well as a representative from each of the top teams were hoisted into the air as the shooters sang “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High”).


Tim Frantzen

Centerfire king

It took a three-way shoot-off on Sunday afternoon before Frantzen was declared the winner.

Frantzen, Dennis (Bear) Crenwelge and Sam Frantzen each ended with a 95.

In the 10-shot shoot-off, Frantzen ended with a 96, Crenwelge had a 94 and Sam Frantzen shot an 89.

Sunday’s win marked the second centerfire crown for Tim Frantzen, who previously won it in 1995.

He won the rimfire division in 1992.

Fritztown Diesel sponsored the rotating trophy, Stroeher and Son/Stroeher and Olfers sponsored the permanent trophy and Arrowhead Bank provided the medal.


Dean Marquardt

Rimfire king

Marquardt won his seventh king title at the Schuetzenfest over the weekend.

He shot a 93 to take the top spot in the rimfire division.

He previously was crowned rimfire king in 1991, 1994, 1999, 2002, 2008 and 2013.

Moellering Construction donated the rotating trophy, Security State Bank and Trust, the permanent trophy, and Arrowhead Bank, the medal.

Patches for both kings were donated by the Eddie Behrends family.


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