Wolves win first Region IV riflery title in school history

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 13:47

Who are the hottest shots in town? Shoot, it’s Eagle River.

The Wolves outshot mighty Dimond to claim their first Region IV riflery championship on Thursday behind a first-place overall finish from Emma MacKenzie and a team effort that included five of the top 10 individual performances at the meet.

“They all performed well, and all on the same day,” said Wolves coach Mark Burch.

MacKenzie fired a 288 to tie South’s Michael Stoddard, but took top honors on the second tiebreaker. Jonah Wegener was fourth for the Wolves with a 287, with Ava Perkins eighth, Maddie Bidinger ninth and Kayle Reifel 10th.

Eagle River’s combined team score was 3,364, just eight points ahead of the defending champion Lynx.

“They’ve been a powerhouse,” Burch said.

Chugiak finished fifth with a score of 3,003.

Burch credited assistant coach Kelly Foshee and a handful of volunteer assistants for helping the team to victory. He also thanked the Friends of the NRA, which gave the program a $5,000 grant this year that allowed the team to purchase new gear.

“It’s been really helpful to have good equipment,” Burch said.

Burch said the big win was a bit unexpected. He knew his team was strong, but figured they’d be a good bet for second.

“I’m just thankful to everyone for their hard work,” he said.

Region IV Riflery Championship

Thursday, Dec. 13

Team Scores

1) Eagle River 3,364; 2) Dimond 3,356; 3) Service 3,195; 4) South 3,169; 5) Chugiak 3,050; 6) Bartlett 3,003; 7) West 2,973; 8) East 2,071.

Top-10 Individual

1) Emma Mackenzie, Eagle River 288-16 (K=97); 2) Michael Stoddard, South 288-16 (K=96); 3) Malia Main, Dimond 288-14; 4) Jonah Wegener, Eagle River 287-15; 5) Gabriella Ximenez, Service 287-13; 6) Stephanie Chung, Dimond 286; 7) Mackenzie Rogers, Dimond 285-17; 8) Ava Perkins, Eagle River 285-12; 9) Maddie Bidinger, Eagle River 285-8; 10) Kayla Reifel, Eagle River 283.

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