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Omaha Public Schools Three Position Air Rifle Championship League

Top 10: Patrick Gurney,Casey Kelley,Eva Sherman, David Guzman Tristan Wise, Destiny Krenkel, Casey Xayarath, Sara Majack, Olivia Madsen, Felix Rodriguez

Top 10: Patrick Gurney,Casey Kelley,Eva Sherman, David Guzman Tristan Wise, Destiny Krenkel, Casey Xayarath, Sara Majack, Olivia Madsen, Felix Rodriguez
Photo Credit: LTC (R) Michael DeBolt

  • Posted on Nov 22nd, 2021
  • Story by: LTC (R) Michael DeBolt
  • 3rd Brigade
    Air Rifle

Consistency and discipline are the two qualities that it takes to win a city championship.

The Omaha Burke Varsity and Omaha South Junior Varsity JROTC marksmanship team recently won the Omaha Public Schools Three Position Air Rifle Championship.

The Burke Bulldogs championship team was made up of four shooters:

Casey Kelley, Patrick Gurney, Destiny Krenkel and Casey Xayarath. The team’s backup shooter who competed throughout the season was Lucas Hahn. Alongside winning first place as a team, Patrick Gurney had the high average of 255.1 out of 300 and finished first place overall and Casey Kelley finished second with an average of 252.8.

Taking 3rd was Ava Sherman (Central 247.9), 4th David Guzman (South242.3), 5th Tristan Wise (North 242.3), 6th Destiny Krenkel (Burke 232.2), 7th Casey Xayarath (Burke 228.5), 8th Sara Majack (Benson 228.4), 9th Olivia Madsen (South 227.9) and 10th Felix Rodriguez (South 227.5).

In a competition, each team member takes 30 shots at a target from 10 meters (33 feet) away. Ten are shot while standing, 10 kneeling and 10 in a prone position. Each shooter can also score a maximum of 300 points. Each shooter has 10 minutes to complete each round.

“Shooting is very inconsistent because you have awesome days and you can have absolutely horrible days,” said Lt. Colonel David Smith, coach at Omaha South. “So, it’s one thing to shoot well one day, but to be consistent on a weekly basis is the challenge. I like to see the cadets make progress each week as the main goal. When they see their scores inch up each week it’s definitely making it feel like their hard work is worth it.”

The sport is more than just looking through a sight and pulling the trigger, though. It involves a lot of self-discipline. Each time they have to think about the fundamentals of breath control, sight alignment, sight picture and trigger pull.

Burke’s air rifle coach Command Sergeant Major Brian Folt stated, “Cadets enjoy marksmanship because it is popular, fun, exciting and uniquely challenging. It teaches safety through rules and responsibility. The class develop life skills—discipline, self-control, emotional control. The repetition of the firing enhances performance skills— concentration, goal setting, and teamwork.”

The championship Junior Varsity Team from Omaha South included Felix Rodriguez, Deni Reynoso, Anthony Vacek, Alan Hipolito and Tavin Myers.

The top 10 shooters recently had a chance to meet at Omaha Burke High School to conduct a Shoulder to Shoulder competition to see who would be crowned the Top Omaha Public Schools Marksman.

"I thought the Top Shot Competition was a great way for marksmanship cadets to be able to put a face with a name. It allowed us to see who we have been competing with all season and go face to face." Said Cadet Lt. Colonel Casey Kelley.

After an intense competition the top three emerged (combined scores in prone, kneeling and standing):

  • 1st Omaha South: David Guzman (249)
  • 2nd Omaha Burke: Patrick Gurney (246)
  • 3rd Omaha South: Olivia Madsen (243)


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Top 3 Shooters:  L to R Patrick Gurney, David Guzman, Olivia Madsen
Top 3 Shooters: L to R Patrick Gurney, David Guzman, Olivia Madsen