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MHS JROTC Marksmanship Team is state runner-up

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team battled Saturday against the best JROTC teams at the JROTC State Championship match, and came home state runner-up.


The six-member team earned the second place finish as they conclude the fall marksmanship season. Two of the Giants’ marksmen also earned top accolades during the match.

Shooting a solid performance, Marion senior Taylor Sorah tied for first place in scoring, but the bullseye count knocked her down to second place. Sorah also earned the highest score in the kneeling position and took second place in the standing position.

The Rifle Team members shoot air rifles at targets 33 feet away. They shoot from three positions: standing, kneeling, and prone (lying flat on the ground). Bullseyes are approximately the size of a quarter coin, and millimeters can separate a shooter from winning or losing. The competition uses the standardized rules established by the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

“I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t win the Championship,” Sorah said. “But I was so excited to see some of our younger shooters do so well at the match. Some of them shot their highest score ever.”

Marion sophomore Levi Hofmann earned a third place finish in the standing position and finished fourth overall.

“It has been a great fall season for our Rifle Team”, said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow the team’s coach and the JROTC’s senior Army instructor. “We have some really great marksmen on the team. Regrettably, our shooting didn’t come together today as we had hoped. But there are plenty of other high-level matches coming up during the spring season. So we will have to better focus and prepare.”

The Giant’s Rifle Team will find out Friday if they qualified for the U.S. Army JROTC National Marksmanship Championship this February. Additionally, they have an excellent chance of qualifying to attend the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s National Championship as well. Those results will be released Dec. 18.


The Giants have consistently produced a top-level Rifle Team over the past several years, earning multiple state championships and trips to national competitions. Farlow credits much of the success to his assistant coaches, community support, and of course the cadets.

“Our team is truly blessed to have two fantastic volunteers in David Kuester and Lee Hatten helping to coach the team,” Farlow said. “They both work well with the cadets. But we are also fortunate to have a great community willing to help sponsor our Rifle Team and assist us with additional training opportunities.”

Organizations including Deer Creek Conservation Club and Realty, the American Legion, and others have sponsored cadets to attend summer marksmanship camps and other related events.

Other members of the varsity Giants Rifle Team are Rhianna Gary, Hailey Teeguarden, Josiah Hamilton and JadeLynn Kendall.