JSSP 30 finalists prepare for Colorado

JSSP 30 finalists prepare for Colorado

More than 1,500 youth nationwide competed in The American Legion’s 2014 Junior Shooting Sports preliminary and qualification round. Of those, 30 earned a trip to the Legion’s 24th annual Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 29-Aug. 2.

The Legion sent letters to the top 15 shooters in both the precision and sporter category, inviting them to compete in the Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championship at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Each competitor will shoot with a .177 caliber air rifle in three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. And one competitor will win the championship title in each respective category, along with a $2,500 college scholarship donated by the Sons of The American Legion.

The following is a list of the top 15 individuals in both the precision and sporter category.


1. Alec Patajo of Vashon, Wash.

2. Sierra Czap of Rocky Mount, Va.

3. Michael Steinel of New Philadelphia, Ohio

4. Brantley Santrock of Rocky Mount, Va.

5. Jonathan Gove of Rocky Mount, Va.

6. Cassandra Suter of Albuquerque, N.M.

7. Cathryn Papasodora of Anchorage, Alaska

8. Morgan Tritt of Dahlonega, Ga.

9. Kayla Gadeken of Seward, Neb.

10. Samantha Peterson of Buffalo, Minn.

11. Maneva Gill of Fortuna, Calif.

12. Luke Johnson of Palmyra, Penn.

13. Joshua Black of Hampton, Va.

14. Malgorzata Mical of Clearwater, Fla.

15. Cody Sanchez of Albuquerque, N.M.


1. Sergio Napoletano of Montgomery, N.Y.

2. David Trumbull of Frederick, Md.

3. Vanessa Brady of Laveen, Ariz.

4. John Williams of Lithia, Fla.

5. Madie Snyder of Kimball, Neb.

6. Andre Gross of Hilton, N.Y.

7. Matthew Velazquez of Buckeye, Ariz.

8. Ryan Lowe of Clearfied, Utah

9. Kamau Omawahleh of Selma, Calif.

10. Jessica Ebersole of Des Moines, Iowa

11. Jasmine Wiles of Lebanon, Ore.

12. Isela Velazquez of Fort Worth, Texas

13. Angel Reyes of Montgomery, N.Y.

14. Cassandra Rodriguez of Parlier, Calif.

15. Carrie Richbourg of King George, Va.