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CMP Uses Alternative Method to Name Winners in Withdrawn JROTC, CMP Air Rifle Matches

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

To make up for unexpected changes to the usual air rifle season, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has come up with a substitute method of establishing and awarding top junior athletes in its unfired national events.

Each year, two of the biggest competitions in the world of junior air rifle are the JROTC and the CMP Three-Position Air Rifle Championships. Both begin in the fall with a postal match before moving on to regional competitions that eventually lead to the crowning national events in the spring and early summer, where overall champions in sporter and precision classes are finally determined. The JROTC Championships accommodate high school scholastic athletes from around the country, while the CMP Three-Position event welcomes a variety of junior individuals and teams from schools and clubs.

With many districts closed for the remainder of the year due to COVID-19, the decision was made in early spring to cancel the JROTC Air Rifle National Championships and the CMP Three-Position Regional/National events – carefully considering the idea that the CMP would rather cancel the events entirely than carry on without full participation from qualifying schools.

Recalling its mission of awarding talented junior marksmen, the CMP remained enthusiastic about recognizing those junior athletes who exhibited exceptional performances in the fired portions of the Three-Position Championships and named winners from the following matches that were able to be completed as scheduled.

The JROTC and CMP Three-Position events combine three stages: prone, standing and kneeling.

JROTC Three-Position Air Rifle Championships:

Prize money reserved for the JROTC National Championship was used to award those who recorded outstanding scores in the JROTC Service Championships (fired in Ohio, Alabama and Arizona). Those finalized results can be found on CMP’s Competition Tracker page at

The Top 5 teams and individuals from precision and sporter classes were presented with monetary awards for their success during the match.

        Precision Teams

            Team Name              Score Inner Tens    Award Money

        1 Granbury HS TX 1   4692   320                 $2,000.00

        2 East Coweta HS GA 1        4662   289                 $1,500.00

        3 La Cueva HS NM 1  4658   288                 $1,000.00

        4 Joshua HS TX                      4641   283                 $750.00

        5 Eldorado HS NM      4621   270                 $500.00

        Sporter Teams

Team Name              Score Inner Tens    Award Money

        1 Nation Ford HS SC A          4435   171                 $2,000.00

        2 Zion-Benton HS IL 1            4433   167                 $1,500.00

        3 Jack C. Hays  HS TX           4404   147                 $1,000.00

        4 Nation Ford HS SC B          4322   115                 $750.00

        5 Lebanon HS OR       4320   133                 $500.00

        Precision Individuals

           Name                                     Team                          Score             Award Money

        1 Philip Becker  (204588)      Granbury HS TX 1   1285.9                        $500.00

        2 Ionee Mendoza (296002)   Parlier HS CA                       1274.8                        $400.00

        3 Kaylene Castillo (263667)  Eldorado HS NM      1272.7                        $300.00

        4 Allison Henry (233890)       Granbury HS TX 1   1272.3                        $200.00

        5 Clarissa Layland (255915) Granbury HS TX 1   1271               $100.00

        Sporter Individuals

           Name                                     Team                          Score             Award Money

        1 Halie Creekmore (296147) Zion-Benton HS IL   1,215.6           $500.00

        2 Maya Cameron (331188)    Nation Ford HS SC 1,212.3           $400.00

        3 Alexia Resendiz (263632)  Zion-Benton HS IL   1,205.8           $300.00

        4 Kayla Kalenza (296557)     Nation Ford HS SC 1,202.3           $200.00

        5 Alana Ruggiero (331185)   Nation Ford HS SC 1,197.0           $100.00

In addition to money awarded by the CMP, Larry and Brenda Potterfield from the MidwayUSA Foundation offered generous donations to be distributed amongst those teams that qualified to attend the JROTC Service Championships. 

The JROTC and CMP Championships consists of Postal, Regional and National matches.

CMP Three-Position Air Rifle Championships:

The CMP Three-Position Air Rifle Match schedule was also disrupted this spring – with only the Postals Match completed earlier in the year. Regional competitions set for March and April in Ohio, Alabama and Utah were ultimately cancelled.

Below are the Top 5 highest scoring teams and individuals in both precision and sporter from the Postals results. View a complete list of results on the CMP Competition Tracker page:

        Precision Teams

            Team Name              Score Inner Tens   

  1. Ontelaunee Jr. Rifle

PA 1                           1174   74                   

  1. Gallatin Valley

Sharp Shooter MT 1            1170   78

  1. Capitol City Junior

Rifle Club WA 1        1165   71                   

  1. Hellgate Rifle MT 1  1165   59                   
  2. Sabertooth Shooting

Squad WA 1              1164   68                   

        Sporter Teams

Team Name              Score Inner Tens   

        1 Zion-Benton HS IL 1            1105   35                   

        2 Lebanon HS OR 1   1099   40                   

        3 Boca Ciega HS FL 1            1088   31                   

        4 Des Moines

North Marine Corps

JROTC IA 1               1080   34                   

        5 Denver North

AJROTC HS CO 1   1068   22                   

        Precision Individuals

           Name                                     Team                          Score            

        1 Mackenzie Strauch (166349)         Gallatin Valley Sharp

Shooter MT 1                        297-25x                     

        2 Katrina Demerle (224913)  Fairfield Sportsmen’s

Association OH         297-19x         

        3 Marcus Klemp (335048)     Hellgate Rifle MT 1  297-18x                     

        4 Scott Rockett (204660)       Patriot Shooting Club

of VA 4-H VA 1                     296-25x                     

        5 Allison Buesseler (159811) MN Centershots

Legion Post 102 1    296-22x                     

        Sporter Individuals

           Name                                     Team                          Score            

        1 Shelby Carr (226797)                      Guns R Us 4-H NE  283-13x         

        2 Jeremiah Vonzell (297774) Zion-Benton HS IL   282-9x           

        3 Christopher Hicks (269176)           Culpeper County

MCJROTC VA 1       281-9x           

        4 Zoe Geoghegan (316756)  Lebanon HS OR 1   279-13x         

        5 Katrena Silletto (321198)    Denver North

AJROTC HS CO 1   278-7x           

Congratulations to all awarded teams and individuals! We at the CMP were saddened to have to cancel these always exciting and meaningful junior air rifle events, but we were happy to be able to still recognize these talented athletes for their hard work and determination.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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