Saint Thomas Academy Rifle Team Leads Orion National Air Rifle League with Win Over Lyon County 4-H

News Date : 10/16/2017

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Oct. 16, 2017 – Competing in the Orion National Air Rifle League, the Saint Thomas Academy rifle team recently achieved its highest score of the season to defeat the Lyon County 4-H rifle team (box score). This is the team’s second consecutive win of the season and puts it in first place in the Junior Rifle Club Champions Division, the most difficult division in the conference.

Saint Thomas Academy was led by Seth Olson ’18, who shot a 273 out of a possible 300. The remaining contributing members were Riley Miller ’18, Jack Kotok ’18 and John Copeland ’19. The team is coached by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Preblich.

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 and 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.

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

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