In just two years of league play Los Alamos NJROTC and Granbury MCJROTC have seemingly become rivals. Both last year and this year the two teams finished in the top three of the JROTC Champions Division during the regular season. Their success led them to the post-season both years, where they again played each other.
In their quarter final game Los Alamos NJROTC was led by Samantha Miller who shot a 389. The remaining contributing members were Stephanie Nielsen, Holly Hayes, Jacob Torrez, and Echo Rogers. Los Alamos NJROTC is from Los Alamos, NM, and is coached by Wes Shumaker.
In their quarter final game Granbury MCJROTC was led by Kayla Hitshew who shot a 383. The remaining contributing members were Trininty Hathaway, John Broughton, Elizabeth Plecity, and Freeman Hawker. Granbury MCJROTC is from Granbury, TX, and is coached by LtCol Scott Casey.
The post-season tournament is for the top eight teams in the National Air Rifle Precision League. Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the 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 that concluded in November. Followed by a single-elimination tournament, going on now, for the top eight teams who will compete for the league championship.
In each game the teams compete in what is known as a Standing Air Rifle match. The match is almost identical to the air rifle events in the Olympic Games. Each athlete shoots 40 shots in the standing position, the most difficult position in rifle competitions. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points. The sum of points scored in the 40 shots is the athlete’s total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.