Top guns Papasodora and Henderson advance
Rifle Club competes in regional championship
Front row: Logan Hanscom (Service HS), William Wood (Bartlett), Clarissa DeLeon (Eagle River), Cathryn Papasodora (Eagle River), Riley Reloza (Bartlett). Back row: Coach Scott Henderson, Tristan Henderson (Eagle River), Jake Nall (Eagle River), Marina Noble (West HS), Emily VanNortwick (Chugiak), Sydney Deering (Eagle River), Coach Johanna Noble.
The Borealis Bullseye Rifle Club sent two teams to the Civilian Marksman Program Western Regionals Championships held in Layton, Utah April 3-5.
The club offers training 11 months a year, with practices four nights weekly at East Anchorage High, with the long hours producing a good outcome with the two squads posting a fifth and tenth place finish, regionally, and 16th and 33rd overall.
Eagle River junior Cathryn Papasodora won individual high honors in the precision-class title with a 1,176 during the two days of half-round qualifying rounds.
Each day, marks were taken from ten offhand, prone and kneeling positions. In the finals, she shot 101.9 to finish with 1,277 points, eight points better than her closest competitor.
Six of the ten members who represented the club at the West Regionals hail from the local area with five from Eagle River High and one from Chugiak.
All are members of their school’s rifle teams during the fall high school riflery season.
Other A squad members included Tristan Henderson (Eagle River), Logan Hanscom (Service) and Marina Noble (West), while Emily VanNortwich (Chugiak), William Wood (Bartlett) and Sydney Deering (Eagle River) shot for the B team. Jake Nall (Eagle River) and Riley Reloza (Bartlett) were the alternates.
The team’s head coach is Scott Henderson, an assistant coach for the Wolves High School rifle team.
With Papasodora’s win, she travels to the USA Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, to ready for the National Junior Olympics as a first-round invitation this week. Teammate Tristan Henderson received a second-round invitation in the men’s division and will compete later this month in Colorado. Both competed in the Junior Olympic Regional Competition held at UAF last December.
Last fall, Cat Papasodora won the Region IV tournament as a junior, and placed second her sophomore year.