Shooting their highest score of the season Missouri Military Academy defeated Fort Payne AJROTC 1056.1 to 991.8 last week in the National Air Rifle League. With the win, Missouri Military Academy is in fourteenth place overall and fourth place within their Army JROTC conference. They currently have a 1 - 0 record. MMA was led by Rene Garcia who shot a 270.6. The remaining contributing members were Ethan Zinser, Marco Afane, and Collin Beck. Missouri Military Academy is coached by Mike Shoemaker.
Fort Payne AJROTC currently has a 0 - 2 record. After the loss, they are in eighteenth place overall and sixth place within their Army JROTC conference. Shooting their highest team score of the season Fort Payne AJROTC was led by Mary Cifuentes who shot a 267.5. The remaining contributing members were Barrett Bible, Caitlyn O'Shields, and Bronson Burchell. Fort Payne AJROTC is from Fort Payne, AL, and is coached by John Walker.
Next up Missouri Military Academy will compete against South Panola AFJROTC from Batesville, MS. South Panola AFJROTC currently has a 0 - 1 record. While Fort Payne AJROTC will compete against Kelly Walsh MCJROTC from Casper, WY. Kelly Walsh MCJROTC currently has a 0 - 1 record.
These two teams are competing in the Champions Division of the Orion National Air Rifle League. Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the league is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. The Champions Divisions is the most difficult division in the league. The league has two parts. An 8-week regular season going on now, where teams compete for their conference's title. Followed by the post-season, comprising of two single elimination tournaments. Only the top 16 teams across all conferences advance to the post-season, to compete for the league title.
In each game, the teams compete in what is known as a Three-Position Air Rifle match. The match is modeled after Olympic Rifle competitions but adapted to high school-age athletes. Each athlete will shoot 10 shots in three different shooting positions, prone, standing, and kneeling. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10.9 points. The sum of points scored in the 30 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.
For more information on the league, including complete standings, visit https://www.national-leagues.com/
MMA rifle team member Rene Garcia
MMA rifle team member Ethan Zinser
MMA rifle team member Marco Afane
MMA rifle team member Collin Beck