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JROTC Giants undefeated in Olympics-style air rifle league competitions

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC is undefeated so far in their season in the Orion National Air Rifle League at 4-0, after an upset win and their highest score of the season.

The Giants are ninth overall in the league’s Junior Rifle Club Precision Distinguished Division, and sixth within their JROTC conference.

Shooting their highest score of the season, the Marion High School JROTC marksmanship team recently defeated the JROTC from Henderson County, Kentucky, led by Hailey Teeguarden, with 361 out of a possible 400 points. Coming into the competition, the Marion team had been averaging 13 points less than their competitor, but they were able to overcome and secure the win, 1343 to 1293.

The team also includes cadets Levi Hofmann, Josiah Hamilton, and Abigail Baird, and is coached by retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the MHS JROTC senior Army instructor.

The National Air Rifle League, sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. Matches in the Junior Rifle Club Precision Distinguished Division are standing air rifle matches, almost identical to the air rifle events in the Olympics. Each athlete shoots 40 shots in the standing position, the most difficult position in rifle competitions. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points. The sum of points scored in the 40 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.

The league has two parts, an eight-week regular season going on now, followed by a single conference title game for the top two teams in the JROTC and Junior Rifle Club divisions. For more information on the league, including complete standings, click here.