Competing against 24 other teams nationally, MMA’s rifle team took fourth place at their first Orion League Postal Match on October 9, 2020. Overall, the team scored an impressive 1071 out of 1200 possible points.
Most notably, Cadet Lance Newland, a junior from Folsom, California, placed 5th overall against the 149 individual firers competing. He shot an incredible 282.3 (tenths weighted) – his new personal record – and led his team in all three positions, scoring 100 in the prone position, 87.6 in standing, and 94.7 in kneeling.
Cadet Jared Douthit, a senior from Broomfield, Colorado, also scored high at the competition, earning 15th place out of the 149 other firers. He also bested his personal record, scoring 275.6 overall.
Also impressive, Cadet Blake Morais, a sophomore from Mexico, Missouri, scored 256.9 overall. Cadet Ethan Zinser, a rookie junior from Conway, Arkansas, scored 256.2.
“These boys are shooting to win!” Captain Joseph Balvanz, JROTC instructor and head of MMA’s rifle team, said.
To compete, cadets shot their targets at MMA and then digitally scanned them into the Orion scoring system, where they were scored by an officiator. Thanks to this virtual system, cadets can still compete in local, regional, state and national competitions without restrictions caused by COVID-19.
Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the Distinguished Division of the Orion National Air Rifle League is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. Modeled after Olympic Rifle competitions, each cadet shoots 10 shots in prone, standing and kneeling positions. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points, and the sum of the points from all shots will be his total score. For more information on the league, click here.