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Junior Pistol

Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association

ORPA Junior Pistol 2018

Happy New Year 2018!  

The ORPA Junior Pistol program members are excited for a great start to the new year. The Juniors closed out 2017 at the Ohio Junior Olympic Regional Qualifier on December 2, 2017 at the University of Akron. Seven members competed in both air and sport pistol. Tyler Knouff shot a 469/600, winning the sport pistol event. He was followed by Grace Praisler with a score of 466. Mara Sidloski shot a 420, Reagan Phillips scored a 401, Amanda Ackerman shot a 335, and Hailey Donohue finished with a 285 for her first match. In Air Pistol, women shot 40 shots and men shot 60. Reagan scored highest among the ladies with a 338/400, followed by Grace with a 329. Amanda shot a 284, Mara scored a 257, and Hailey finished with a 220. Tyler shot a 435/600 for the men, followed by Ben Merendino with a 430.   Reagan automatically qualified for the Junior Olympics this spring at Colorado Springs, CO with her air pistol win and score. The other Juniors will wait for their results in the coming weeks to see if they qualified to compete as well. The Junior Olympics is an incredible opportunity.   Each spring, the match is held at the Olympic Training Center, offering qualifiers from across the nation the option to stay at the training center during the match. It is definitely an amazing week of shooting, exploring, and friendship for the qualifiers. During the weekend of January 13 and 14, 2018, the ORPA Juniors will travel north to Camp Perry to compete in the Camp Perry Open air match. The competition includes two sixty-shot air matches (one fired each day) as well as finals and super-finals.   Stay tuned to Gunsmoke and the ORPA Website for future results from this match, and others yet to come!

Junior Pistol 2017

Greetings and salutations from the ORPA Junior Pistol Team! Bullseye pistol season is in full swing, and we are excited to report the results of our last two matches. The Juniors, coached by Fred Totts, headed north to Oak Harbor for the State Indoor Match in April. Four of the Juniors shot: Cody Poole, Mason Poole, Grace Praisler, and Jessica Syme. The match was an 1800 (.22 and .45). Cody Poole finished with a score of 1562. Mason shot a 1013 and Jessica scored a 1474. Grace shot the match as .22 only, shooting a 1456. This match provided a fun entry back into the world of .45s, as grinning faces remarked “That is not an air pistol!” Fortunately, the Juniors were soon able to head outside at the Canton McKinley Rifle and Pistol Range.
On June 4th, the Juniors competed in their first Bullseye outdoor match of the season. Despite the rain showers, all performed well. Rob Delagrange shot a 2202-25x. Cody Poole finished as First Sharpshooter with a score of 2315-26x. Mason Poole scored a 1662-10x. Grace Praisler finished with a 1990-14x. Jessica Syme shot a 2018-35x, unfortunately having to leave the line early during .45 due to a scope problem. Reagan Phillips, a new member of the Junior team, shot her first Bullseye match as a .22 only. She scored a 677-5x for her .22, and is looking forward to more matches in the future! ORPA Collegiate Brett Tucker also competed in June, shooting a 2244-36x.
The ORPA Junior Pistol Team is looking forward to the Regional Matches held at Canton McKinley Rifle and Pistol Club July 7th-9th. After Regionals, we will trek north to the NRA National Bullseye Pistol Championships, held at Camp Perry. Rob, Cody, Mason, Grace, and Jessica will all be shooting during Nationals and are excited for the opportunity to defend their title as the reigning Junior Team Champions. Stay tuned for results!

2017 Junior Pistol Team Photos

Here's the 2017 Junior Pistol team!


Rob, Cody, Jessica, Mason, Grace and Coach Totts on the range at Camp Perry.


 Jessica, Coach and Rob, during team matches.


Award night: Mason, Cody, Rob, Jessica, Grace, Coach Totts


Grace, Rob and Jessica

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