St. Thomas Academy Rifle Team defeats Selma MCJROTC with season-high score

 Shooting its highest score of the season, the St. Thomas Academy rifle team defeated the Selma MCJROTC 1,102 to 1,090 box score in its final regular season match in the Junior Rifle Club Champions Division of the Orion National Air Rifle League. St. Thomas Academy finished the season first place in its division and sixth place in the league with a 5-2 record.

In its second match of the season against Selma MCJROTC, St. Thomas Academy was led by Michael Driscoll ’21 of Chaska who shot a 284. The remaining contributing members were Daniel Staelgraeve ’21 of St. Paul (Merriam Park East), John Copeland ’19 of Edina, and Kaleb Rutgers ’19 of Mendota Heights. The team is coached by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Preblich US Army (ret.).

Selma MCJROTC is from Lemoore, California, and is coached by Mike Romero.

St. Thomas Academy now advances to the post-season championship tournament as the sixth seed. In the quarterfinals, the team will take on Lebanon AJROTC, which has a 7-0 record.

Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the National Air Rifle League is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. The league has two parts: an 8-week round-robin regular season, where teams compete for their division’s title, followed by the post-season, comprised of two single elimination tournaments. Only the top 16 teams across all divisions advance to the post-season to compete for the league title.

In each match, the teams compete in a Three-Position Air Rifle match. The match is modeled after Olympic rifle competitions but adapted to high school 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 more information on the league, including complete standings, visit www.orionscoringsystem.com/AirRifleLeague.

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