ROBINSON RIFLE TEAM
Rifle Team Prospect:
Several years ago, a Washington Post article stated that in the metro-Washington area, “the Robinson Rifle Team is as close to being a Dynasty as any high school sports program in our region.”
The Robinson Rifle team is the most successful high school team in the region over the past 31 seasons, won-loss record of 294 wins to 28 losses.
Rifle is a coed sport at Robinson, with both boys and girls excelling equally in high school varsity rifle competition. Team members who participate actively and achieve a minimum match score of 250 of 300 points during the season are awarded the Robinson varsity athletic letter.
The Rifle Team competes in the Potomac High School Rifle League, an association of high school rifle teams in the Washington Metro area, in both smallbore (.22 LR) and Precision Air Rifle. Most team members shoot both, others shoot either smallbore or air rifle. Robinson has been Washington Metro High School Rifle Champions 24 of the past 33 years and in addition to being state champions in 2009-2017 and national champions in 2009, 2010, 2011.
Rifle is an NCAA collegiate sport. A number of colleges provide athletic scholarship support for rifle shooters. Many Robinson Rifle Team graduates have gone on to shoot in college, including the service academies. Rifle is a major international and Olympic sport, and graduates have gone on to compete in the Olympics and as members of the U.S. Shooting Team in both national and international competition.
Several have been college All Americans. Gary Hardy, class of 1986, Kristina Fehlings, class of 2003, Shannon Wilson, class of 2004, Lucas Kozeniesky, class of 2013 were All Americans and NCAA National Champions for their respective colleges, West Virginia, Nebraska, Mississippi and NC State. Robinson graduate, 2ndLt. James Leenhouts, USMC, class of 2005, shot for VMI, Katie Siegert, class of 2006, competed for NC State, and Tom Kersey, class of 2009, shot for the Citadel, Nathan Davidson , class of 2010, shot for West Point, Raleigh Cunningham, class of 2010, shot for the Air Force Academy, Lauren Alman and Gregg Hagar, class of 2011, shot for Ohio State, Nick Priftis, class of 2012, shot for the Naval Academy and Duncan Anderson, class of 2012, shot for Jacksonville State.
Currently, Robinson graduates Claire Spina, class of 2015, Zach Eisenberg, Class of 2016, and Emily Fisher, class of 2018, shoot for NC State, Hayley Carroll, class of 2016, shoots for the Ole Miss Women’s Rifle team, and Nick Kanellis, class of 2016, shoots for West Point. Max Brabston, class of 2017, shoots for the Citadel. Lucas Kozeniesky, class of 2013, was a member of the NC State rifle team when he represented the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 10M air rifle event.
Team members must purchase their own target rifle and equipment, an outlay of several hundred dollars, depending on the equipment being acquired. Please do not buy any equipment until you have attended our Open House and several practices. After you have decided to join the team the coaches will provide detailed information about buying rifles and equipment. The team has a gently used equipment sale in the Fall to defray the cost to new shooters, and help our more senior members trade up to NCAA-quality equipment.
The team practices on Saturday mornings at the National Rifle Association Range at that organization’s headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA, from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. We also will practice air rifle at the Izaak Walton League in Centrerville on Wednesday afternoons.
THE ROBINSON RIFLE TEAM