2017 USA Shooting Junior Olympics Men’s 10 meter Air Rifle

The 2017 USA Shooting Junior Olympics Men’s 10 meter Air Rifle tournament, in which New England fielded a solid contingent, was con tested April 7-9, 2017 at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Rhode Island’s Marcus Mojica, representing the Maspenock Rod and Gun Club boasted the best finish, placing 17, just into the top ten per cent, out of a field of 177. Alex Muzzioli, a Rhode Island marksman shooting for the US Naval Academy, placed 33rd. Ricky Miller, from Whitman Massachusettsfrom Whitman Massachusettsfrom Whitman, Massachusetts, was 40th. One point behind Miller, in 46th place, was John Lesica representing Connecticut’s Blue Trail Range Junior Rifle Club. Murray State’s Eric Sloan, who ages out this year, was 55th.

Bay Stater Dan Wesson slid into 70th place closely followed by a pair of Nutmeg State riflemen, Kyle Kutz, Cos Cob Junior Rifle Club, and Xavier High School’s Mike Acampora.

Kyle Huston, Cheshire County Sports Shooting Education Foundation’s Ferry Brook Junior Rifle Team, represented New Hampshire.

Two Massachusetts residents, Michael Jerome and John Eddy, closed out the New England entries in the Men’s 10 meter Air Rifle.

About Hap Rocketto

Hap Rocketto is a Distinguished Rifleman with service and smallbore rifle, member of The Presidents Hundred, and the National Guard’s Chief’s 50. He is a National Smallbore Record holder, a member of the 1600 Club and the Connecticut Shooters’ Hall Of Fame. He was the 2002 Intermediate Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion, the 2012 Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion a member of the 2007 and 2012 National Four Position Indoor Championship team, coach and captain of the US Drew Cup Team, and adjutant of the United States 2009 Roberts and 2013 Pershing Teams. Rocketto is very active in coaching juniors. He is, along with his brother Steve, a cofounder of the Corporal Digby Hand Schützenverein. A historian of the shooting sports, his work appears in Shooting Sports USA, the late Precision Shooting Magazine, The Outdoor Message, the American Rifleman, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s website, and most recently, the apogee of his literary career, pronematch.com.
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