Cadet Captain Daniel Enger won the Washington State Junior Olympic Smallbore Rifle Match on Sunday, Dec. 11 in Spokane.
On Saturday and Sunday shooters gathered in Spokane, Vancouver and Seattle to compete in the Washington State Junior Olympic Smallbore Rifle Championship.
Thirty-four marksmen from across the state competed to decide the state champion and secure a berth at the National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in April.
The course of fire included 20 shots each from the kneeling, prone and standing positions for a total possible score of 600 points.
By the end of the day Sunday, Enger posted a 574 edging out Vancouver’s Casper Schadler by six points. Alec Patajo from Seattle claimed the bronze with a 567.
“This score will definitely get Daniel invited to the national match in Colorado this spring,” commented Wa-Hi Rifle Coach Mark Mebes after Sunday’s match. “There are not a lot of high school shooters breaking 570 in this discipline nationwide so I know this will get the attention of some college coaches.”
The Blue Devil Battalion Smallbore Team, made up of Enger, Cadet Major Justin Mebes and Cadet Sergeants Brock Betzler and Madeline Steinle finished in 6th place statewide posting a 2066 out of 2400 points.
Following the smallbore match, the Blue Devil Cadets competed in a 60 shot offhand air rifle match also sanctioned by Junior Olympics.
Final results of that match will be announced at a later date, as the Vancouver and Seattle locations have yet to post their scores.
Shooters in the standing air rifle discipline may also receive invitations to the Olympic Training Center in April.
The weekend’s match comes on the heels of the team’s official notification that they have qualified for the Army JROTC National Championship match in Las Vegas, Nevada this February.
“This is the sixth year in a row that we have qualified for Army Nationals,” said Mebes. “We have a very young team this year, but they are posting some good scores.”
Wa-Hi’s rifle teams return home this week to begin training for their next match in Yakima on Jan. 14, hosted by West Valley High School’s JROTC.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 26 December 2016