Tigers Marksmanship team tops in the west

Feb. 13, 2023

Battle Ground High School’s AFJROTC Marksmanship team took home the top honors at a regional event in Sandy, Utah, earlier this month. This is the first time since 2015 that the Tigers have finished first at the event. Sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the Western Regional JROTC Service Championships are a series of matches held annually for Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC cadets.

BGHS students with air rifles and banner

The BGHS AFJROTC Marksmanship team (from left to right: Rheanne Harpe, Fletcher Harpe, Blake Miller, Matthew Long, Sofia Avalos Willis, Coach Megan VanDyne)

Precision marksmanship teams in JROTC programs use Olympic-style rifles with 0.177 pellets on a 10-meter target. The athletes must demonstrate endurance over the course of 90-minute relays across the span of several days. There were more than 320 cadets from 11 states and five services represented at the event. The BGHS team is made up of seniors Blake Miller and Sofia Avalos Willis, juniors Rheanne Harpe and Matthew Long and freshman Fletcher Harpe.

“We really felt like a team this week; supportive of each other and in an amazing venue,” Rheanne Harpe said. “Plus we had a lot of fun too!”

“Walking on to a range with 90 targets and more than 320 cadets at the top of their game is the moment when our cadets see the importance of the preparation they put in during the season,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Woodrow, AFJROTC teacher and adviser at BGHS. “To come away as the champs against some very tough competition is a reflection of this team’s dedication to excellence.”

This meet was a qualifier for the nationals. The BG Tigers are now waiting on other regional results to determine if they will get an invitation to the nationals in Ohio next month.


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