Blue Devil shooters shine in Spokane

Wa-Hi Cadet Corporal fires from the prone position at the Cascade Mountain League JROTC Invitational rifle match in Spokane last weekend.

Wa-Hi Cadet Corporal fires from the prone position at the Cascade Mountain League JROTC Invitational rifle match in Spokane last weekend.

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Cadet Corporal Sabrina Keenan shoots from the kneeling position.

SPOKANE — Walla Walla High School’s Sporter and Precision class rifle teams took honors at the Cascade Mountain League JROTC Invitational rifle match last weekend at Rogers High School in Spokane.

The competition, originally slated to be the league championship match was nearly cancelled due to weather and changed from a league match to an invitational for the schools that were able to attend despite the impending snowstorm.

The event began Saturday morning with the Sporter shooters taking the line. The team, consisting of Wa-Hi Cadet First Sergeant McKenna French, Cadet Corporal Shandra Kelly, Cadet Corporal Sabrina Keenan and Cadet Private First Class Justin Mebes shot a course of 60 record shots from the prone, standing and kneeling positions.

Keenan, the highest scoring sporter shooter on the team, finished the day with a 501 out of 600.

“I finally broke 500 in a match” said Keenan. “I have been shooting 500-plus every day in practice and I felt I could come here and do it. I am so glad that we decided to make the trip. This was my best match so far.”

Keenan’s performance earned her the gold medal in the expert sporter category, followed by her teammates Mebes in third with a 490 and French in fourth at 481.

Blue Devil Kelly took the gold in the sharpshooter category witha 497, rounding out the team’s final score with a 1,968, 22 points ahead of North Salem’s sporter team, which posted a 1,946 for second place.

In the marksman Sporter category, Cadet Corporal Victoria Van Mierlo took the silver medal with a score of 426.

In the precision category, Cadet First Sergeant Sarah Jameson earned the silver medal with a 579, leading her team to a victory over North Salem’s precision team with 2,284, 19 ahead of North Salem.

Wa-Hi’s precision team travels to Camp Perry, Ohio, on March 21 for the All-Service JROTC National Championship.

The Sporter team will be training for the CMP Western Regional Championship in Salt Lake City on April 3.

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