Members of the Air Rifle League (from left): :Jesse Gill, Zachary Jaynes, Austin Johnson and Seth Burnette.

Shooting their highest score of the season, McDowell NJROTC upset Easley NJROTC 1001 to 963 last week in the National Air Rifle League. McDowell NJROTC was able to win despite averaging 11 points lower than Easley NJROTC coming into this game.

Their second win in a row, McDowell NJROTC is in first place in their Division with a 2 - 0 record. McDowell NJROTC was led by Zachary Jaynes who shot a 260. The remaining contributing members were Austin Johnson, Jesse Gill, and Seth Burnette. McDowell NJROTC is coached by Steven Ross.

Next up McDowell NJROTC will compete against Lehman NJROTC from Kyle, Texas. Lehman NJROTC currently has a 1 - 1 record. Easley NJROTC will compete against Los Alamos NJROTC from Los Alamos, NM. Los Alamos NJROTC currently has a 1 - 1 record.

These two teams are competing in the Navy JROTC Distinguished Division of the Orion National Air Rifle League. Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the league is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. The league has two parts. An eight-week round-robin regular season going on now. Followed by a single-elimination tournament, for the top eight teams who will compete for the league championship.

In each game the teams compete in what is known as a Three-Position Air Rifle match. The match is modeled after Olympic Rifle competitions but adapted to high school age athletes. Each athlete will shoot 10 shots in three different shooting positions--prone, standing, and kneeling. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points. The sum of points scored in the 30 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.

For more information on the league, including complete standings, visit