Six members of DuBois Central Catholic’s Rifle Team competed at the Junior Olympic Rifle Championship, held January 3, 2016, at the Palmyra Sportsman’s Club in Annville, PA. This competition was a statewide event with the opportunity to qualify for a chance to travel to Colorado and compete for a spot on the US Olympic Air Rifle Team.
The current US Olympic Air Rifle Coach, Erin Gestl, was the ‘range officer’ for this event held at a location equipped with an automatic scoring system that used lasers to calculate where the shots were on the target.
The JORC match consisted of 40 offhand shots for the girls and 60 offhand shots for the boys. Abi Zeitler led the team with 369 out of 400, followed by CiCi Tornatore with a 357 out of 400, and Rebecca Pifer with a 356 out of 400. Jacob Snyder scored 537 out of 600 while Zach Logan and Alex Adamski rounded out the team with respectable scores as well.
Zeitler’s 369 should place her high in the state qualifier competition, but it will be several weeks before the results of all of the shooters will be posted, according to DCC’s coaching staff. Head coach is Bernie Snyder, assisted by Dave Sylvis, Bob Logan and Brad Pifer.