MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Nov. 7, 2017 – The Saint Thomas Academy rifle team recently defeated the team from the Manville Sportsman’s Rod and Gun Club of Woonsocket, R.I., 1,050 to 927 (box score) in the Junior Rifle Club Champions Division, the most challenging division in the Orion National Air Rifle League. The Cadets have a 5-0 record and are in first place in the division.
Saint Thomas Academy was led by Seth Olson ’18, who shot a 275 out of 300. The remaining contributing members were senior Riley Miller ’18, Jack Kotok ’18, and Kaleb Rutgers ’19. The team is coached by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Preblich, U.S. Army.
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 http://www.orionscoringsystem.com/AirRifleLeague
About Saint Thomas Academy
Founded in 1885, Saint Thomas Academy is an all-male, college preparatory, Catholic, military/leadership school committed to preparing young men to succeed in college and in life. The Academy challenges its students in grades 6-12 to excel academically, spiritually, morally and physically in and out of the classroom. It is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS); a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), and the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). For more information, please visit www.cadets.com.
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