The rifle team shot 3 seperate matches on Saturday in Spokane, nearly 6 hours of competitive shooting, winning 2 of their 3 matches.
Press release written by Cadet Major Shaunia Marek. Photo credit goes to Cadet Corporal Sara Justice.
WaHi Rifle Team shines at NRA Junior Sectionals
On the 27th of March, WaHi’s JROTC precision rifle team traveled to Spokane, Washington and won two of three National Rifle Association (NRA) Junior Sectional matches against Spokane Junior Rifle Club. The matches were sanctioned and sponsored by the NRA and hosted by the Spokane Rifle Club.
The first match was a three position smallbore match. Instead of using air rifles, cadets shot using .22 caliber rifles. Each cadet shot two targets for each of the three shooting positions: standing, kneeling, and prone. Cadets from WaHi’s precision team who participated in the match were Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Lopez-Gutierrez, Cadet Sergeant First Class Cassidy Hanson, Cadet Captain Daniel Girardin, and Cadet Staff Sergeant Raquelle Justice.
Leading WaHi’s precision team for the first match was Lopez with a score of 544 out of 600 points, a score that placed him second overall individually. Behind Lopez in fourth place individually was Hanson with a score of 533 points. In her first match as part of WaHi’s precision team, Justice placed fifth with a 522 point score. Girardin placed 8th individually scoring a total of 496 points. In total, with a team score of 2095 points out of 2400, WaHi beat Spokane for first place by 6 points in the first match.
The second match was with air rifles conducted entirely from the unsupported standing position. Each cadet shot four targets with each target worth 100 points. WAHI shooters who participated in the match were Lopez-Gutierrez, Hanson, Justice and Cadet First Sergeant Nicole Hunter.
With 381 out of 400 points, Hunter led the Blue Devils for the second match. Hunter’s score also placed her first individually with a 2 point lead over Spokane’s Anna Pearsall. Lopez took fourth with a 375 point score, narrowly edging out teammates Hanson and Justice who both fired a 373. Overall, WaHi totaled 1502 points over Spokane’s 1481 point team score.
"I have done a lot of work this week to keep my offhand average above a 95," said Hunter after the second match "It was encouraging to shoot these scores today."
The third and final match was a three position air rifle match with cadets shooting 2 targets for each of the three shooting positions.
WaHi came up 4 points short of victory with a total team score of 2264 points out of 2400. In first place was Spokane’s Ben Tafoya with a 584 point score, followed by teammate Pearsall with 575 points. Lopez trailed Pearsall by a single point with a score of 574, taking third. The rest of WaHi's team followed close behind with Hanson also producing a 574 and Hunter a 562.
"I am very pleased with our smallbore scores today," said Rifle Coach Sergeant First Class Mark Mebes after the matches on Saturday. "We don't really have the opportunity to practice a lot of smallbore since there isn't an indoor smallbore range in the Walla Walla area, and our school range is difficult to convert from air rifle targets to .22s. We shot these scores with only a couple of practice sessions this year."
After winning the majority of their matches in Spokane, WaHi’s precision team hopes to carry on their success in both the CMP and JROTC Virtual Championships in the upcoming week.