It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Coach Bob Hardy. Coach Hardy was the heart and soul of the Robinson Rifle Team for many, many years. He was a great coach, extraordinary mentor and ambassador of the sport. There is no replacement for this incredible gentleman. He will be profoundly missed.
It took three weeks, but we finally out shot Woodson High School in a Potomac High School Rifle League (PHSRL) match. On Saturday, January 23, 2021, we shot a 1531-76x while Woodson scored a 1524-74x. We are now trailing Woodson by 10 points, in aggregate, for the season with one match to go. Our top shooters on Saturday were Grant B (385-23x), Thomas M (383–20x) and Isaac V (382–16x).
On Sunday, January 17, 2021 we competed in the Palmyra Invitational which continues through the end of January. Our top Air Rifle shooters were Devin P (572-30x), Isaac V (570-28x) and Payton P (564-21x). The top Smallbore shooters were Payton P (560-21x), Isaac V (556-21x) and Thomas M (549-15x).
We had our second Potomac High School Rifle League (PHSRL) match of the year on Saturday January 16, 2021. This week, the team improved 18 points and scored a 1536-78X. Unfortunately our rivals at Woodson High School also improved and scored a 1551-79x. So far in season aggregate score, we are in second place trailing first place Woodson by 17 points. Our top shooters were Thomas M (387-20x), Isaac V (385-21x) and Grant B (384-21X).
We had our first match of the season on Saturday, January 9, 2021. The team scored a 1518-78X trailing Woodson by 2 points. As the season score is aggregate, we are very close to the leader. Our top shooters yesterday were Grant B (387-25X), Payton P (384-22X) and Thomas M (381-18X). We will continue with the Saturday matches for the next 3 weeks.
On January 15, the Rams began the second half of the Potomac High School Rifle League (PHSRL). Our varsity squad defeated West Springfield High School 1169 to 1133 and the junior varsity also won 1149-1114. Our top shooters were Sally Reeke 295-23x, Jack Kersey 293-20x and Grant Benson 292-18x.
In a rare away air rifle match in Bethesda, MD, we defeated the Landon School Bears 1150-992 on January 27. Our top shooters were Scott Patterson 293-18x, Stefan Arseneau 290-15x and Will Walton 288-17x.
The Rams overpowered the Mavericks 1168 to 1015 on January 29 back at the Sills Range . Our top shooters were Scott Patterson 294-16x, Jack Kersey 292-13x and Payton Peppard 291-20x.
In a February 1 match, which was rescheduled from January 8 due to the school weather closing, the team shot down the Washington and Liberty Generals 1166-1057. Our Junior Varsity team also out gunned the Generals with a score of 1157-938. Our top shooters were Jack Kersey 294-22x, Andrew Morris 292-18x, and Scott Patterson 291-19x.
On February 8, the Rams completed the PHSRL regular season with a hard fought win against our neighbors from Lake Braddock with a score of 1173 to 1161. Our top three shooters today were Jack Kersey 296-21x, Sally Reeke 295-19x, and Isaac Vanderhorst 293-20x. You can see some of our Rams in action during the first relay here.
We finished the season in second place with 9 wins and 1 loss, setting the PHSRL league regular season average record at 1165.70.
Congratulations to our athletes; those many weeks of 5 AM practices have paid off!
Our Gold Team competed in the invitation-only US Army Marksmanship Unit Junior Rifle National Championships at Ft Benning, Georgia on January 24-26, 2020. Overall the team did well but, with some tough competition, the team placed 5th in Smallbore and 7th in Air Rifle.
Jack Kersey took 3rd in Smallbore in the rain with a score of 577-20x and finished 4th in the Smallbore finals.