Stratford PAL Jr. Rifle Club triumphs

Stratford PAL Jr. Rifle Club edged out Carrollton High School, Georgia, 1502-1496, last week in the National Air Rifle League.

With its third win in a row, Stratford PAL improved to 4-2 in its division.

Stratford was led by Hope Kavulich, who shot a 383.

The remaining contributing members were Rose Reynolds, Lauren Chechoski and Abigail Renger.

Stratford PAL Jr. Rifle Club is coached by Captain Alan Wilcoxson and Josie Burzynski-Smith.

Snapping a two-game win streak, Carrollton High School dropped to 2-4 on the season.

They are currently in fifth place in their division.

Shooting their highest team score of the season, Carrollton was led by Morgan Frank who shot a 381.

The remaining contributing members were Collin Grubbs, Thomas Harris and Taylor Berry.

Carrollton is coached by Mike Lewis.

Next up, Stratford PAL Jr. Rifle Club will compete against Lander Jr. Rifle Club from Lander, Wyoming.

Lander Jr. Rifle Club currently has a 1-5 record.

Carrollton will compete against Minnesota Centershots from Anoka, MN.The Centershots currently have a 2-4 record.

The teams are competing in the Junior Rifle Club Precision Champions Division of the Orion National Air Rifle League.

Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the league is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs.

The Champions Division is the most difficult division in the conference.

The league has two parts.

An 8 week round-robin regular season going on now. Followed by a single-elimination tournament, for the top eight teams who will compete for the league championship.

In each game the teams compete in what is known as a Standing Air Rifle match.

The match is almost identical to the air rifle events in the Olympic Games.

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.

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

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