Rifle Team Updates

At Missouri Military Academy, cadets gain discipline and control through target shooting, and the MMA rifle marksmanship team has a long history of success.

Led by coach Mike Shoemaker, the rifle team competes in high-caliber divisions, including the Junior Rifle Club Precision Distinguished Division of the Orion National Air Rifle League, a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. This league has two parts: an eight-week regular season going on now, followed by a single-game conference title game for the top two teams in the JROTC and Junior Rifle Club divisions. Cadets compete in the standing air rifle match, in which each athlete shoots 40 shots in the standing position, the most difficult position in rifle competitions.

MMA also competes in the Champions Division of the Orion National Air Rifle League, the most difficult division in the league. For these games, teams compete in what is known as a three-position air rifle match. Each athlete will shoot 10 shots in three different shooting positions: prone, standing and kneeling. The sum of points scored in the 30 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is composed of the best four athletes from each team.

Read on for highlights from the MMA rifle team’s 2021-22 season so far:

Missouri Military Academy Defeats Royal MCJROTC (press release dated 11/8/21)

Missouri Military Academy defeated Royal MCJROTC 1,063.8 to 557.9 in the National Air Rifle League, their third win in a row. MMA was led by Lance Newland, who shot a 373.2. The remaining contributing members were Blake Morais and Brennan Williams.

C. T. Johnson AJROTC Defeats Missouri Military Academy (press release dated 11/8/21)

C. T. Johnson AJROTC defeated Missouri Military Academy 1,104.2 to 1,083.9 in the National Air Rifle League. Shooting their highest team score of the season, MMA was led by Ethan Zinser, who shot a 286.2. The remaining contributing members were Marco Afane, Landon Meyer and Ezekiel Richardson.

Missouri Military Academy Defeats Battle Ground AFJROTC (press release dated 11/1/21)

Shooting their highest score of the season, Missouri Military Academy defeated Battle Ground AFJROTC 1,411.​9 to 1,353.​8 last week in the National Air Rifle League — their second win in a row. MMA was led by Lance Newland, who shot a 385.​7.​ The remaining contributing members were Clayton Nelson, Blake Morais and Gavin Roberts.

La Cueva MCJROTC Narrowly Defeats Missouri Military Academy (press release dated 11/1/21)

Shooting their highest score of the season, La Cueva MCJROTC edged out MMA 1,077.​4 to 1,070.​6 last week in the National Air Rifle League. MMA was led by Rene Garcia, who shot a 272.​6.​ The remaining contributing members were Ethan Zinser, Brennan Williams and Landon Meyer.


Missouri Military Academy Defeats South Brunswick AJROTC (press release dated 10/25/21)

Shooting their highest score of the season, MMA defeated South Brunswick AJROTC 1,076.​6 to 1,015.​4 in the National Air Rifle League. MMA was led by Rene Garcia, who shot a 276.​ The remaining contributing members were Marco Afane, Ethan Zinser and Brennan Williams.

Missouri Military Academy Defeats Stewarts Creek AJROTC (press release dated 10/25/21)

Shooting their highest score of the season, MMA defeated Stewarts Creek AJROTC 1,410.​3 to 1,363.​6 last week in the National Air Rifle League. MMA was led by Lance Newland, who shot a 382.​9.​ The remaining contributing members were Blake Morais, Clayton Nelson and Gavin Roberts.

South Panola AFJROTC Narrowly Defeats Missouri Military Academy (press release dated 10/18/21)

South Panola AFJROTC edged out MMA 1,074.​1 to 1,060.​0 last week in the National Air Rifle League. MMA was led by Rene Garcia, who shot a 274.​2.​ The remaining contributing members were Ethan Zinser, Marco Afane and Zijie Zhou.


For more information on the league, including complete standings, visit orionscoringsystem.​com/AirRifleLeague

Box Score: orionresults.​com/team/GamePage.aspx?MatchID=1.1.2021101917034758.1

Missouri Military Academy team page: orionresults.​com/team/LeagueTeam.aspx?TeamID=1584

Battle Ground AFJROTC team page: orionresults.​com/team/LeagueTeam.aspx?TeamID=1585

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