The Oñate High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Air Rifle League team earned its fourth win of the season, defeating the team from Apache Junction High School (AJHS) in Apache Junction, AZ, in a national marksmanship tournament.

Scoring 1007 points out of 1200 possible points, the team scored six points higher than the AJHS team and advanced in the NJROTC distinguished division league rankings. The OHS team is currently ranked fourth in the division with a record of four wins and two losses.

The match score was the highest the OHS team has earned this season. By winning the match, the OHS team broke a five-game winning streak by the Apache Junction team, according to Orion officials.

As part of the competition, each athlete must use an air rifle to shoot a total of 30 shots at a target, ten shots in each of prone, standing and kneeling shooting positions, which are awarded a maximum of 10 points per shot, based on the accuracy of each shot in relation to the center of the target. Team scores were then complied using the sum of the four highest individual scores on the team.

The national tournament is composed of approximately of eight weeks of team competitions followed by a single elimination championship for the highest scoring teams from each division. Teams are placed in divisions based on skill level and the branch of military associated with the school’s JROTC program.

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