MMA Rifle Team Scores Season-High to Defeat West AJROTC

Shooting their highest score of the season Missouri Military Academy (3-1 record) defeated West AJROTC (2-2 record) 980 to 901 last week in the National Air Rifle League. Missouri Military Academy was led by, Lance Newland who shot a 250. The remaining contributing members were Rene Garcia, Evan Dawson, and William Baker. The team is led by coach CPT Joseph Balvanz.

West AJROTC was led by, Ignacio Serrano who shot a 244. The remaining contributing members were Aracely Marquez, Austin Rutherford, and Seth Gonzalez. West AJROTC is from Denver, CO, and is coached by Jeffrey Wilson. 

Next up — Missouri Military Academy will compete against Marion AJROTC from Marion, IN. Marion AJROTC currently has a 4 - 0 record. 

These two teams are competing in the Distinguished 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 league's 8-week regular season is now underway, to be followed by a conference title game for the top two teams in each conference.

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 shoots 10 shots in three different shooting positions, prone, standing, and kneeling. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 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 information on the league, including complete standings, visit

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