Oregon’s Lebanon High School saw its JROTC Rifle Team win the Army JROTC National Sporter Air Rifle Match in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 16. Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager for Crosman, was there to present the winning team with a new Challenger air rifle for their outstanding performance. The team won by 52 points and qualified for next month’s national competition at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Lebanon’s Senior Army Instructor Ret. LTC Mark Smith sent this personal note to DeBoard and approved its publishing here:

Thank you for coming to the JROTC Regional Championships in Phoenix and presenting our team with a beautiful Challenger to add to our collection of 14 other Challenger rifles (2 of our 15 rifles were won in competition and presented by Crosman).  We believe in these rifles, so much so that I personally bought 13 of the 15 we currently have (Please don’t tell my wife!).  I heard that Army JROTC is transitioning to the Challenger.  I hope this is true because it is a much better rifle than your competitor’s offering.  The kids have IMG_2714more confidence in the Challenger and they shoot much better when using it.

Here is some information about the competition we won in Phoenix:

The Warrior JROTC rifle team spent the 18th through the 22nd of February in Phoenix, Arizona, competing against the best Army JROTC rifle teams in the nation.  Hundreds of rifle teams from across the US participated in qualifying matches over the last several months, but only the 47 best teams competed at the regional matches which were held in Phoenix, Camp Perry, Ohio and Anniston, Alabama over the course of two weeks.

In the end, Lebanon came out on top as the best Army JROTC rifle team in the nation!  This is the second year in a row that Lebanon has earned the title of best Army JROTC rifle team in the US!  The Lebanon team consisted of Jasmine White, Xander Eikelenboom, Michael Langdon and Cody Bates.  As individuals, Jasmine White took 4th place and Xander Eikelenboom took 5th place nationally out of 241 athletes.  The Lebanon team, along with the 2nd through 7th place Army teams will Travel to Camp Perry, Ohio March 18th through the 22nd to square off against the best Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC rifle teams.

Click here for the full recap from the Civilian Marksmanship Program site.

Crosman wishes good luck to Lebanon and all the participating schools when they compete in Camp Perry!