JROTC Marksmanship Team’s strong start earns top ranking in conference

Publish Date: 10/25/2021

The Marion High School JROTC Air Rifle Marksmanship Team earned their second win of the season last week, and perennial powerhouse Cadet Alysa Yancey hit her stride as the top marksman of the match.

The JROTC Marksmanship Team competes in virtual matches, hosted by the Orion Scoring System. The Giants are now 2-2 and ranked first within their conference, and fourth overall in the Junior Rifle Club Precision Distinguished Division of the National Air Rifle League, a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. 

Yancey, an MHS junior, is a nationally known junior marksman. Last spring she qualified for the Junior Olympics and consequently was invited to compete in the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s National Championship, where she climbed into the top 25 in a field of more than 180 of the nation’s best young marksmen.  

In her second top ranking of this season, Yancey led the Giants to win, snapping a two-match winning streak by their opponent, Shawnee Mission North JROTC from Shawnee, Kansas. (She previously earned an individual first against Battle Ground JROTC from Battleground, Wash., leading the Giants to their first win of the season.) She has ranked in the top three at all four of the Giants’ matches thus far.

Her teammates contributing to the win against Shawnee were cadets Adam Baird and Haden Montgomery, both juniors, and William Martinez, a sophomore.

In the National Air Rifle League, teams compete in what is known as a Standing Air Rifle match, which 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 10.9 points. The sum of points scored in the 40 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is composed of the best four athletes from each team.

The National Air Rifle League has two parts: an eight-week regular season (going on now), followed by a single conference title game for the top two teams in the JROTC and Junior Rifle Club divisions. 

This week, the Giants will compete against X Shots from Hawaii and Brooke Point JROTC from Stafford, Va.