The LaFayette High School AJROTC defeated Selma MCJROTC of California, 1,478-1,443 in last week’s Orion National Air Rifle League match. It was the second straight win for LaFayette, who is now 2-1 in the Precision Champions Division.
Emma Sargeant led LaFayette with a 381 (out of 400). The remaining contributing members were Alyssa Kiser (375), Logan Massingill (365), and Steven Thompson (357). Troy Mussared (337) and Andrew Carroll (335) also shot for the Ramblers.
Selma, paced by Evelyn Santos’ 365, dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Next up for LaFayette will be a match against Eugene Ashley NJROTC from Wilmington, N.C., who is 1-1 on the season.
Ridgeland’s AFJROTC rifle team dropped its match to West JROTC of Denver, Colo., 1,325-1,298.
West, now 3-0 in the JROTC Precision Distinguished Division of the league, was led by a 354 from Daniel Ponce de Leon.
Martin Camlic also had a 354 for Ridgeland, who dropped to 1-2 on the season. Also shooting for the Panthers was Tyler Atchison (339), Daniel Barrett (304), Zori Champion (301), Savannah Carroll (292), Herbert Bradley (288), Michael Hoffman (283) and Brandon Wright (266).
Up next for the Panthers is Leavenworth AJROTC from Leavenworth, Kan., who is 0-3 on the year.
In each game the teams compete in what is known as a Standing Air Rifle match. The match is almost identical to the air rifle events in the Olympic Games. Each athlete shoots 40 shots in the standing position, the most difficult position in rifle competitions. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points. The sum of points scored in the 40 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.