Rifle Team


Moderator: CW4 Paul Preblich, ppreblich@cadets.com.

Team Accomplishments

2017
Cadets' top team—Seth Olson '18, Jack Kotok ‘18, Jonathan Sotamba ’17, and Riley Miller ’18—placed first in the Civilian Marksmanship Program State Tournament in January, qualifying for another trip to Camp Perry (March 29-31) for the national tournament. Cadets 2—Kaleb Rutgers '19, John Copeland '19, M. Hughes, and K. Wohlberg—placed fifth in the tournament.

2017
Seth Olson ’18 is ranked first in the country in the Sporter sectional by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, beating out 726 other shooters. On the team level, STA’s top team of Olson, Jack Kotok ‘18, Jonathan Sotamba ’17, and Riley Miller ’18 has been ranked ninth in the country out of 150 teams. The team has been invited to compete in the U.S. Army National Air Rifle Championship at Ft. Benning, Ga., the weekend of January 28, 2017. Only the top 25 teams and the top 20 individuals in the country are invited to compete in nationals.

At the beginning of the current season, the Rifle Team won the U.S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle State Championship

2016
2015-16 American Legion Postal Competition: Seth Olson ’18 placed first in the state and proceeds to the national qualifying round. Jonathan Sotamba ’17, Stephen Frame ’17 and G. Hoerth ’18 took second, third and sixth in the state, respectively. Overall, the team placed 17th nationally.  

The Rifle Team also won the following Championships:
• U.S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle State Championship
• Civilian Marksmanship 3 position Air Rifle State Championship
• American Legion State Air Rifle Championship
• NRA State 3 Position Air Rifle Championship

All-State: Seth Olson ’18, Jonathan Sotamba ’17, Riley Miller ’18, G. Hoerth ’18, Stephen Frame ’17

2015
U.S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle Championship—the team placed second nationally in a qualifying match to advance to nationals. At the National Championship, the team placed first and second in the Sporter team competition, and each of the team members also placed individually. Sam Supplee ’15, Ted Fyten ’15, Nick Caspers ’15 and Mac Chapman ’15 took first, second, third and fourth place, respectively, in the individual competition.

Sam Supplee ’15 was awarded the Junior Distinguished Marksman Badge #862, only the second person to accomplish this feat in school history.

The Rifle Team was the 2014-15 NRA Junior Air Rifle National Champion, Sporter division, for the third consecutive year.

All-State: Sam Supplee ’15, Ted Fyten ’15, Nick Caspers ’15, Mac Chapman ’15, Seth Olson ’18

2014

Minnesota State Junior Olympics, Sporter division Champions. Mac Chapman ’15 and Nick Caspers ’15 individually placed first and second in the Sporter category, respectively. 

U.S. Army JROTC National Service Championship, Sporter division: first place for the third consecutive year. Patrick Cramer ‘14 and Sam Supplee ‘15 finished in the top 8 to advance to the individual championship.

U.S. Army National Junior Open Air Rifle Championship, Sporter division: Cramer finished first overall in the Army, and Supplee second. Cramer earned a distinguished shooting medal and was ranked third as an individual overall in the Army’s national JROTC competitions.

The Rifle Team was the 2013-14 NRA Junior Air Rifle National Champion, Sporter division, the second consecutive NRA National Championship won by the team.

Patrick Cramer ’14 was awarded the coveted “Junior Distinguished Marksman Badge #698,” the first person to accomplish this feat in school history. The Junior Distinguished Marksman Badge was first awarded in 2001 to recognize the accomplishments of juniors [all non ROTC and active personnel] participating in the rapidly growing discipline of three-position air rifle.         This award is usually reserved for precision competitors (the STA rifle team competes in the Sporter category). To earn this badge by a Sporter marksman is truly the mark of excellence in rifle competition, and, to do it in just three years was remarkable.

All-State: Jesse Benedict '14, Nick Caspers ’15, Mac Chapman ’15, Isaac Saad '14, Patrick Cramer ’14, Sam Supplee ’15

2013
The Rifle Team was the 2012-13 NRA Junior Air Rifle National Champions, Sporter division.

U.S. Army JROTC National Service Championship, Sporter division: first place. Individually, Patrick Cramer ’14 placed second (out of 78) and Sam Supplee ’15 placed sixth.

U.S. Army National Junior Open Air Rifle Championship, Sporter division: First place.

Five team members were named All-State: Nick Casper ’15, Mac Chapman ’15, Pat Cramer ’14, Tyler Johnson ’13 and Sam Supplee ’15.

2012
The Rifle Team placed ninth overall in the U.S. Army JROTC National Air Rifle competition to advance to the National Service Championship, where it took first place in the Sporter division. Individual team members also took third, fourth and fifth. 

Additionally, Chase Nordstrom ’12 earned an invitation to compete in the 22nd American Legion Junior Air Rifle National Championship by placing in the top 15 nationally in the Sporter division.

2012 
Gold Medal in Minnesota NRA State Sectional Finals. In the Sporter Division, Mac Chapman '15 placed second overall and Tyler Johnson '13 placed third overall. Johnson did place first in his age class.

2012
On 23 February 2012, the team won the American Legion Junior Air Rifle State Champions for the State of Minnesota (fourth consecutive year) and placed first in Region 9. Team members: Chase Nordstrom ’12 (co-captain), Tyler Johnson ’13 (co-captain), Mac Chapman ’15 and Patrick Cramer ’14. Additionally, Johnson finished 5th and Nordstrom was 13th, as individuals, out of more than 1000 competitors.

2012 - National Title
On 10-11 February, 2012 the team won its first national title - the Army JROTC Service Championship - at Camp Perry. Team members at the event were Tyler Johnson ’13 (co-captain), Patrick Cramer ’14, Mac Chapman ’15, Sam Supplee ’15 and Nick Caspers ‘15. At the end of the match the top eight marksmen were chosen to participate in the finals - Cramer, Johnson, and Chapman took third, fourth and fifth, respectively, overall as individuals.

2012
On 25 January, 2012 the team hosted a match in our range with the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders. The Cadet’s team, consisting of all first-year shooters (Mac Chapman ’15, Patrick Cramer ’14, Jesse Benedict ’14, Nick Caspers ’15 and Sam Supplee ’15), scored the victory, 1252-1095.

2012
On 21-22 January, 2012, the team competed in the Minnesota State Junior Olympic Shooting Championship. In the Sporter Class, STA took first place in the team division. STA team members Mac Chapman '15, Patrick Cramer '14 and Zach Gilliland '15 placed first, second and third, respectively, in the Sporter "new shooters" class. Co-captain Chase Nordstrom '12 placed second overall in the competition.

2012
Team members Chase Nordstrom '12 (co-captain), Tyler Johnson '13 (co-captain), Patrick Cramer '14 and Mac Chapman '15, traveled to Cretin-Derham Hall on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. This was the first time in three years the teams had faced one another in a shoulder-to-shoulder competition. After the smoke cleared the Cadets walked away with a victory, shooting 1054-943.

2011
Congratulations to Tyler Johnson '13 who finished 19th overall (out of more than 2,000 individual competitors) in the U.S. Army JROTC National Air Rifle competition. The team finished ninth with more than 200 teams competing. Next stop is Camp Perry for the National Service Championship in February 2012.

2011
American Legion Junior Air Rifle State Championship, Sporter Class (fourth consecutive), sponsored by Post #424 in Inver Grove Heights; overall Region 9 champions

2011
U.S. Army JROTC Service Championship at Camp Perry, Ohio: the team placed second at Camp Perry and tenth overall in the nation. SpencerLoufek '11 - finished 8th at Camp Perry and 30th in the overall national competition; Chase Nordstrom '12 - finished 16th (CP) and 57th (N); Connor Ahern '11 - finished 28th (CP) and 77th (N); Chase Harley '11 - finished 29th (CP) and 79th (N); Nick Boerboon '11 - finished 34th (CP) and 93rd (N).

2011
U.S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle Championships: fifth consecutive gold medal in state; first place in Northwest States Region; first place in state for Chase Nordstrom '12; second place in state for Chase Harley '11 (other team members are Connor Ahern '11 and Tyler Johnson '13).

2010
The Rifle Team won its fourth consecutive state championship in the U.S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle Competition. David Zimmermann ’10 placed first in the individual Sporter competition and Patrick Abele ’10 placed second. The other team members are Connor Ahern ’11 and Spencer Loufek ’11.

Connor Ahern ’11 qualified to compete in the 2010 Army JROTC Open Air Rifle Service Championship, finishing 40th out of 1,600 competitors.

2009
The Rifle Team won a number of tournaments, including the American Legion Junior Air Rifle State Championship, the Minnesota Junior Olympic Championship and the Minnesota NRA National Junior Rifle Sectional Championship.

The Rifle Team placed third nationally in the U.S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle Championship, Sporter Division. Individually, Blake Bowersox ’09 placed second. Will Sullivan ’09 placed 15th, David Zimmermann ’10 placed 22nd and Spencer Loufek ’11 placed 27th.

2008
The Rifle team won three state championships and competed for the national title.

2007
The Rifle team placed 12th in the Western Regional Marksmanship Championship at the Olympic Village in Denver. The team scored 170 points higher than last year’s total. The Rifle team hosted an Open House in January; team members, parents, alumni and friends gathered for a memorable day.

2006
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2005
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2004
Rifle Team Invited to Participate at Western Regional Army JROTC Air Rifle Championships on February 25-28, 2004 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Cadets, who placed second at the Gary Invitational, qualified by placing second in the Western Regional’s 11th Brigade Division Postal Match, and is one of only 27 teams invited.

2003
Rifle Team Takes First
The Saint Thomas Academy Rifle Team, consisting of 10 students and MSG Buberl, traveled to Gary, Indiana to compete in the Gary Invitational Air Rifle Competition.

Schools from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois competed in the Sporter and precision categories. The Cadets took first place in the precision team category, with Minnesota rival Cretin-Derham taking second. The Cadets took fifth in the Sporter category.