St. Thomas Academy ‘New Shooter’ Rifle Team defeats Lafayette Gun Club

The St. Thomas Academy “New Shooter” Rifle Team defeated Lafayette Gun Club of Grafton, Va., 978 to 894 in the National Air Rifle New Shooter League.

St. Thomas Academy was led by Joey Farrington ’21 of Mendota Heights, who shot a 262. The remaining contributing members were Jack Martin ’21 of Minneapolis, Joe Brennen ’21 of Cottage Grove and Jack Fyten ’22 of St. Paul. St. Thomas Academy is coached by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Preblich.

Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the National Air Rifle League is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. In each match, the teams compete in a Three-Position Air Rifle match. The match is modeled after Olympic rifle competitions but adapted to high school athletes. Each athlete shoots 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

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