MMA Rifle Team Advances Past State Competition

On January 17-18, Missouri Military Academy (MMA) hosted the 2020 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Air Rifle Missouri State Championship  on their Mexico, Missouri campus. The competition brought together more than 120 of Missouri’s best high school air rifle firers from 33 teams to compete for top state honors. 

MMA's rifle team will travel to Camp Perry, Ohio to compete in the JROTC Service Championships on February 15 and 16. The team will compete against the greatest Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force teams in the United States and all JROTC programs abroad including from Hawaii, Alaska, and Germany. Click here to learn how to watch the competition live, online.

“I'm proud of what our team has accomplished,” said CPT Joe Balvanz, MMA Colonels rifle coach, about the state competition. “With that said, we always feel we could have done better and that's what drives any competitor.”

The 2020 Missouri rifle field of teams is extremely competitive, with several nationally ranked teams. In the veteran shooter category, the MMA Colonels team, led by Cadet William Baker, took sixth of 13 teams, after holding fourth place until late in the competition.

In the new shooter category, our MMA Colonels team, led by Cadet Landy Nguyen, took third of 10 teams. All MMA team members in the new shooter category will receive the Civilian Marksmanship Program Bronze Medals. Two of these teammates, Cadets Nguyen and Jared Douthit, shot better than two of our veterans, an accomplishment they should both be quite proud of, according to Balvanz. See below for individual results.

Seven MMA shooters qualified to earn a CMP achievement pin based on their shooting, and one shooter from each of the two MMA rifle teams that competed will be awarded the team top shot medal. Balvanz will recognize the rifle team for the accomplishments at the winter sports banquet on March 18.

In past years, funds for the team’s travel to nationals have been provided through the Army’s Cadet Command. This year, however, late budget cuts resulted in the unexpected loss of travel and hotel funding for the Colonels team. Stepping up to meet the need, the MMA Alumni Association and Parents Committee  have each contributed $1000 (for a total $2000 contributed) to sponsor the team’s travel to the national championship.

“We are very proud of the individual achievements of our rifle team members, and we are grateful to our alumni association and parents for their support of the team’s travel.” said MMA President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). “Through their partnership with the Academy, we are able to support our cadets’ competitive goals at the next level of competition.”

Individually, MMA team members ranked as follows in the 2020 Missouri CMP competition:

Name       Rank of 97     Score out of 600

Baker              27th                500         

Garcia             32nd               488

Nguyen           36th               479

Douthit           40th                477

Newland         42nd               473

Dawson           48th               465

Jones, M.        52nd               460   

Morais             66th                428

Resendez         79th               389

Lockwood       85th               356

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