MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., March 19, 2019 – The Saint Thomas Academy “New Shooter” Rifle Team narrowly lost to Ozark AJROTC (Ozark, Mo.) 1,046 to 1,037 in the National Air Rifle “New Shooter” League (box score) recently. Saint Thomas Academy is currently in fourth place with a 4-2 record (team page).
Saint Thomas Academy was led by Bennett Kotok ’23, who shot a 262. The remaining contributing members were Joey Farrington ’21, Jack Martin ’21 and Joe Brennen ’21. Saint Thomas Academy is coached by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Preblich, U.S. Army (ret.)
These two teams are competing in the National Air Rifle “New Shooter” League. Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the league is a national team league exclusive to athletes in their first year of competition. Teams are from high schools and junior rifle clubs throughout the United States. Over 10 weeks each team competes in 8 games. Each week, each team is paired with another team with a near equal win-loss record.
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.