30 youth marksmen to compete for Legion air rifle titles
 Photo by Rachel Woolf

30 youth marksmen to compete for Legion air rifle titles

Out of the more than 800 youth who entered round one of The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports individual postal match competition, the top 30 competitors are advancing to The American Legion’s 32nd Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championship in Colorado Springs. The championship tournament will be held July 20-22 at the USA Shooting Range at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. 

During competition at the national tournament, participants in both the precision and sporter categories will shoot a .177 caliber air rifle in three positions – prone, standing and kneeling. The top competitor from each respective category will win a championship title and a $5,000 scholarship provided by The American Legion and the Sons of The American Legion. A $1,000 scholarship, provided by The American Legion Auxiliary, will be awarded to the second-place finishers in each category. 

The precision and sporter champions will also receive a trip to The American Legion’s 104th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in August to be honored alongside the other American Legion youth program champions. 

The top 15 precision competitors are:

1.     Jacob Wisman of Independence, W. Va

2.     Carley Seabrooke of Helena, Al.

3.     Jack Ogoreuc of Groce City, Pa.

4.     Katlyn Sullivan of Statesboro, Ga.

5.     Mackenzie Pruden of Fulshear, Texas

6.     Maddy Moyer of Dawsonville, Ga.

7.     Gracie Dinh of Huntsville, Ark.

8.     Megan Jaros of Roseville, Minn.

9.     Caroline Martin of Nemo, Texas

10.  Ainsley McFarland of Billings, Mont.

11.  Griffin Lake of Emmaus, Pa.

12.  Claudia Muzik of Green Springs, Ohio

13.  Bremen Butler of Fort Wayne, Ind.

14.  Kameron Wells of Granbury, Texas

15.  Katrina Demerle of Hamilton, Ohio

The top 15 sporter competitors are:

1.      Naya Talarico of Bozeman, Mont.

2.      Nathan Krokstrom of Cape Coral, Fla.

3.      Kaitlyn Hawk of North Pole, Alaska

4.      Kees Vandergriff of Fort Mill, S.C.

5.      Ashley Carr of Alliance, Neb.

6.      Lizzea Wright of Des Moines, Iowa

7.      Hope Dobek of Des Moines, Iowa

8.      Rylie Stoeser of Ft. Pierre, S.D.

9.      Jennifer Zermeno of Fort Mill, S.C.

10.   Abril DeCastro of Fort Mill, S.C.

11.   Magali DelaRosa Cuenca of Middletown, N.Y.

12.   Abigail Manson of Freeport, Ill.

13.   Charlie Bratton of Clover, S.C.

14.   Marisa McDonough of Stafford, Va.

15. Logan Major of Stafford, Va.