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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.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., March 13, 2019 – The Saint Thomas Academy “New Shooter” Rifle Team recently defeated the David Crockett NJROTC (Jonesborough, Tenn.) 1,050 to 1,007 in the National Air Rifle “New Shooter” League (box score). With the win, Saint Thomas Academy is in fourth place overall with a 4-1 record (team page).

Saint Thomas Academy was led by Joe Brennen ’21 who shot a 267. The remaining contributing members were Joey Farrington ’21, Jack Martin ’21, and Bennett Kotok '23. Saint Thomas Academy is coached by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Preblich, U.S. Army (ret.)

Next up, Saint Thomas Academy will compete against Ozark AJROTC from Ozark, Mo. Ozark AJROTC currently has a 5-0 record.

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

The “New Shooter” League is one of the largest air rifle leagues in the world with nearly 50 teams competing. The “New Shooter” league is just for athletes in their first year of competition. Teams complete virtually on their home ranges.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Feb. 26, 2019 – The Saint Thomas Academy “New Shooter” Rifle Team recently defeated Selma MCJROTC 1,024 to 973 in the National Air Rifle “New Shooter” League (box score). With the win, Saint Thomas Academy is in fourth place overall with a 3-0 record (team page).

The cadets were led by Joey Farrington ’21, who shot a 264. The remaining contributing members were Joe Brennen ’21, Jack Martin ’21 and Jack Fyten ’22. Saint Thomas Academy is coached by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Preblich, U.S. Army (ret.).

Next up Saint Thomas Academy will compete against West Broward AJROTC from Pembroke Pines, Fla. West Broward AJROTC currently has a 3-1 record.

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

The “New Shooter” League is one of the largest air rifle leagues in the world with nearly 50 teams competing. The “New Shooter” league is just for athletes in their first year of competition. Teams complete virtually on their home ranges.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Feb. 20, 2019 – Shooting its highest score of the season, the Saint Thomas Academy “New Shooter” Rifle Team upset Lebanon AJROTC 1,036 to 1,017 in the National Air Rifle “New Shooter” League (box score). Saint Thomas Academy was able to win despite averaging 32 points less than Lebanon AJROTC coming into the match-up. With the win, Saint Thomas Academy is in fourth place overall with a 2-0 record (team page).

The cadets were led by Joe Brennen ’21, who shot a 268. The remaining contributing members were Joey Farrington ’21, Jack Martin ’21, and Steve Holmquist ’21. Saint Thomas Academy is coached by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Preblich, U.S. Army (ret.).

Next up, Saint Thomas Academy will compete against Selma MCJROTC from Selma, Calif. Selma MCJROTC currently has a 2-0 record.

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

The “New Shooter” League is one of the largest air rifle leagues in the world with nearly 50 teams competing. The “New Shooter” league is just for athletes in their first year of competition. Teams complete virtually on their home ranges.