JORC Men’s Final

The 2017 USA Shooting Junior Olympics has ended for the men shooting both three position and prone. New England representation thinned out after air rifle but five New England riflemen and a transplant gave a good accounting.

Jared Desrosiers left Massachusetts for the greener shooting grass of the Olympic Training Center’s Junior Rifle Club. The talented youngster has thrived in the high altitude of Colorado and, to prove the point, won the three position championship while placing second in the prone event.

Rio Ferguson, a J3 from North Borough, Massachusetts, won gold, in both position and prone. To add to his silver in Air Rifle.

The Granite State was well represented by Tobin Sanctuary who placed tenth in position and seventh in prone.

Two Connecticut shooters, Kyle Kutz and Eric Sloan, swapped positions between disciplines. Sloan bested Kutz in position while Kutz outshot Sloan in prone. Mike Acampora finished third to his fellow Nutmeg shooters in both events,

D.J. Titus of Rhode Island made his maiden appearance at the JORC and found himself flip flopping with the Bay State’s Brenden Seitz. Three position saw Seitz in front and Titus ahead in prone.

A baker’s dozen of New England ladies will be moving onto the firing line Friday to shoot air rifle and then position.

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,
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