RHS hosts, wins county target shooting championship


ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The team from the Robertsdale High School Naval Junior ROTC topped the field at the Junior ROTC Target Shooting County Championships, held Friday in the gym at Robertsdale High School.

Four teams from Baldwin County, participated in the tournament, using Challenger air rifles.

Paper targets are positioned at a distance of 10 meters (approximately 32 feet) in wooden boxes with Kevlar backing to prevent any damage to the facility.

Each shooter aims at 30 targets, 10 each from the prone (lying down) position, kneeling and standing. Each target is worth 10 points for a possible total of 300 points per shooter.

Robertsdale topped the field with a total of 956 points in Friday’s competition, beating out multiple-time defending champ Daphne Air Force JROTC, who finished with 771, followed by Baldwin County with 704 and Foley with 667. Gulf Shores did not participate in the tournament.

In addition, Robertsdale had four of the top five shooters in the competition, Laura Greve, first place; Abrianna Madden, second; Aidan Johnston, third; and Amber Loethen, fourth. Daphne’s Richard Ziegler also cracked the top five.

There was a total of 38 participants in the competition.

On Saturday, RHS hosted 49 cadets on 11 teams from seven schools representing Mississippi, Alabama and Florida at the Battle of the Gulf Air Rifle Competition.

RHS finished second overall with 940 points to Pascagoula (Mississippi), who finished with 1,005.

Milton High School of Florida was third with 864 and Daphne was fourth with 838.

Robertsdale’s Aidan Johnston was the top Baldwin County individual finisher in the competition, finishing fourth behind Samuel Nason and Jailanis Torres of Pascagoula and Caleb Cole of Milton. Pascagoula’s Bayleigh Thurman was fifth overall individually.