U.S. Navy JROTC instructors CPO (ret.) Dennis Reynolds (far left) and CDR (ret.) Doug Groters appear with the marksmanship team from Richards High School after winning the District 218 marksmanship competition. (Supplied photos)

U.S. Navy JROTC instructors CPO (ret.) Dennis Reynolds (far left) and CDR (ret.) Doug Groters appear with the marksmanship team from Richards High School after winning the District 218 marksmanship competition. (Supplied photos)

Richards JROTC outshoots Shepard, Eisenhower teams

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From staff reports

The U.S. Navy JROTC program from Richards High School in Oak Lawn won the District 218 marksmanship championship.

Richards freshman Kylie Schaefer won first place individually.

The team from Bulldog Company defeated the U.S. Air Force JROTC team from Shepard and the U.S. Marine Corps team from Eisenhower.

The competition featured the top three marksmen from all three schools.

Competitors included Eisenhower students Matias Cozzi, Shelby Cusack and Vanessa Zendejas; Shepard students Joe Cinkus, Arianna Esquivel and Karol Kos; and, Richards students Abigail Schrode, Leland Murphy and Kylie Schaefer.

Each competitor shoots 10 shots in the prone (laying down) position, 10 standing, and 10 kneeling for a maximum combined score of 300. Cadets are given a five minute changeover betweeneach position and are allowed 5-8 minutes for sighter shots used to adjust the sights on their rifles.

The competition was fairly close going into the final kneeling round but after the points were tallied Richards came out ahead with a total score of 683.8. Shepard followed with a final scoreof 644.6 and Eisenhower came in third with a score of 591.5.

Top three marksmen in the Prone position were Kylie Schaefer with 86.9, Leland Murphy with 88.7 and Abigail Schrode with 92.1 to give Richards a sweep in this position. ​

In the Standing position Karol Kos placed third with a score of 68.8. Leland Murphy repeated with a score of 74.4 to take second and Kylie Schaefer posted her highest Standing score to date with a 76.4.

Taking Kneeling honors was Abigail Schrode in third place with a 79.9, Matias Cozzi from DDE with 81.6 and in first place for kneeling Kylie Schaefer with a 88.6.

Overall the top five marksmen included 5th place, Mattias Cozzi with a 207.4. Fourth place honors went to Karol Kos with a 219. Third place was captured by freshman Leland Murphy with a 225 and second place to senior Joe Cinkus with a 228.6. Freshman Kylie Schaefer from Richards bested the field overall with a score of 251.9 another season high for her.

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Richards High School U.S. Navy JROTC students (from left) Leland Murphy, Kylie Schefer, and Abigail Schrode compete in the District 218 Marksmanship Competition. They beat the teams from Shepard and Eisenhower high schools.

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