Lake Region Shooting Sports defeats X Shots

Erik K Anderson
Special to Devils Lake Daily Journal

DEVILS LAKE - Lake Region Shooting Sports defeated X Shots 1522.0 to 1473.0 last week in the National Air Rifle League. Their second win in a row. With the win, Lake Region Shooting Sports is in third place overall and third place within their 'Junior Rifle Club' conference. They currently have a 2 - 0 record. Lake Region Shooting Sports was led by, Casia Steinhaus who shot a 406.3. The remaining contributing members were Hannah Vaagen, Rachel Vaagen, and Lauren Stiven. Lake Region Shooting Sports is from Devils Lake, ND, and is coached by Rick Jorgenson.

X Shots currently has a 0 - 2 record. After the loss they are in fifth place overall and fourth place within their 'Junior Rifle Club' conference. X Shots was led by, Aerin Dias who shot a 405.4. The remaining contributing members were Caetlin Dias, Tyler Yamashige, and Kira Hasuike. X Shots is from AIEA, HI, and is coached by Yuji & Robynn Hata.

Next up Lake Region Shooting Sports will compete against Marion AJROTC from Marion, IN. Marion AJROTC currently has a 1 - 1 record. While X Shots will compete against Grand Rapids Rifle & Pistol Club from Grandville, MI. Grand Rapids Rifle & Pistol Club currently has a 1 - 0 record.

These two teams are competing in the Junior Rifle Club Precision Distinguished Division of the Orion National Air Rifle 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 regular season going on now. Followed by a single game conference title game for the top two teams in the JROTC and Junior Rifle Club divisions.

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 10.9 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.