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North Gwinnett sophomore Matthew Herrington qualified to shoot in the National Junior Olympics Men's Air Rifle Match in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Special Photo)

Shooting their highest score of the season North Gwinnett defeated Stratford (Conn.) PAL Jr. Rifle Club 1,568.60 to 1,547.10 last week in the National Air Rifle League.

With the win, North Gwinnett (1-1) is in 12th place overall and fifth place within its junior rifle club conference. North was led by Elysa Walter, who shot a 397.9. The remaining contributing members were Andreea Contis, Matt Herrington and Caitlyn Miller. 

Next up North Gwinnett will compete against East Coweta MCJROTC. East Coweta MCJROTC is 1-2 record. Stratford PAL Jr. Rifle Club will compete against Stuttgart AJROTC from Stuttgart, Germany. 

These two teams are competing in the Precision Champions Division of the Orion National Air Rifle League. Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the league is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. The champions division is the most difficult division in the conference. The league has two parts. An eight-week regular season going on now, followed by a single-elimination tournament, for the top eight teams who will compete for the league championship.

In each game the teams compete in a standing air rifle match. The match is nearly identical to the air rifle events in the Olympic Games. Each athlete shoots 40 shots in the standing position, the most difficult position in rifle competitions. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10.9 points. The sum of points scored in the 40 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.

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