Wa-Hi Rifle Team fourth at JROTC National Championship

Wa-Hi JROTC Precision Rifle Team member Daniel Enger shoots at the All-Service National Championship in Camp Perry, Ohio, last week.

Wa-Hi JROTC Precision Rifle Team member Daniel Enger shoots at the All-Service National Championship in Camp Perry, Ohio, last week.

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CAMP PERRY, Ohio —­ Walla Walla High School’s Army JROTC Precision Rifle Team brought home fourth place at the 17-team All-Service JROTC National Championship here March 21-22.

“We’ve been training hard for this match,” Wa-Hi coach Mark Mebes said. “The level of competition here is higher than anything we have faced yet this season. There are two qualifying matches you have to win to get here, a local match, then a regional qualifier.”

Of 817 rifle teams that competed in the qualifier, 17 qualified for the national match.

Wa-Hi Cadet Lieutenant Sarah Jameson had the team’s top score on the second day, shooting a 587 for fourth place on the day and earning a spot in the 10-shot final match. She scored a 1,261.4 in that final, earning 11th place.

Blue Devil Cadet Corporal Daniel Enger was the team’s top shooter on the first day of competition, scoring 586 out of 600 for 10th place. After the second day’s 585, one shot from qualifying for the final, he was in 12-place individually with a two-day total of 1,171.

“When I was a freshman, we competed in the qualifier but had no hope of making it to nationals,” Jameson said after the match. “Our team has come a long way in four years.”

Wa-Hi next travels to Salt Lake City today for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Western Regional championship. Both sporter-class and precision-class teams qualified for the invitation to the match.

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