Orion 2019 National Air Rifle League Preview
The Orion 2019 National Air Rifle League kicks off this week. With 160 teams, the biggest league yet, it is undoubtedly going to be an exciting year!
Precision League Preview
In the Precision league Granbury MCJROTC will be looking to repeat as league champions. Last season they went undefeated, 10 – 0, and have an impressive 33 – 5 record in all time league play. Their chance to repeat looks good with returning athletes Phillip Becker, Clarissa Layland, and 2019 League MVP Allison Henry.
Georgia Competitive Shooters will also be looking to get back on top. They have three league championships of their own 2015, 2016, and 2017, and have a league leading 37 – 2 overall record. Their only two losses in league play came last season, and both against Granbury MCJROTC.
Rounding out Granbury MCJROTC challengers is Robinson High School from Fairfax, VA. Last season they finished with a 6 – 3 record and advanced to the semi-finals. In the pre-season this year, they were the only team to beat Granbury MCJROTC, edging them out 1625.7 to 1624.4. Here’s the Robinson High School Team, below.
Sporter League Preview
Gulfport MCJROTC will be after their third league championship, they won in both 2015 and 2016. They have a league leading 37 – 2 record. Their only two losses came in the championship tournament; they have never lost in the regular season.
Also watch out for the teams from Hawaii! Hawaii has one of the most well developed high school rifle programs in the country. It is a bit unfortunate that their teams don’t get to travel to the contiguous states more often, because they are really good. Two Hawaiian teams earned a spot in the Champions division this season, Moanalua High School from Honolulu, HI and Waimea AJROTC from Waimea, HI.