Alexandrea Provine, 18, of Flowing Wells High School Army JROTC, Arizona, was crowned the top JROTC sporter air rifle competitor at the 2012 National JROTC Championship here on Saturday, 24 March after two days of three position qualification plus finals.

Provine outlasted Flowing Wells JROTC teammate Tyler Rico, 17, firing an aggregate score of 1210.4 to Rico’s 1206.4. Scores in prone, standing and kneeling each day were combined with the average of the two days’ final scores to arrive at the aggregate.

“I’m really happy about it – this is something I’ve really wanted to do for a long time. I went in thinking ‘this is my last match, I want to go in and have fun,’” Provine said following the awards banquet.

The high school senior will now enter the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where she will compete on the collegiate level in NCAA rifle shooting. Her West Point journey begins in July with Cadet Basic Training, also known as “Beast Barracks” prior to beginning classroom and marksmanship team activities.

Provine earned her championship with consistency, posting highs in prone of 195 each day. Though Rico held the overall advantage after Day 1, he gave up several points to Provine in the standing and kneeling stages on Day 2. His finals average was higher overall, but Provine’s consistency in position work made the difference.

Army JROTC cadets swept the remaining top five places individually as Charles Hollis, 18, of Rayville HS, Louisiana, placed third with an aggregate score of 1199.9. Benjamin Estes, 16, of Ozark HS, Missouri, placed fourth at 1197.35 and Zachary Kofron, 18, of Marcos de Niza HS, Arizona, was fifth at 1197.05.

In Navy JROTC competition, Hunter Cushman, 15, of King George HS, Virginia, placed first with an aggregate of 1194.4. Zach Gibson, 18, of Montrose HS, Colorado, placed second with 1189.3. Matthew Miller, 16, of East Aurora HS, Illinois, finished third with 1189.2. Mitchell Miller, 16, of Union Grove HS, Georgia, placed fourth with 1102 and Zachary Frohn, 17, of Charlotte HS, Florida, placed fifth with a an aggregate score of 1099.

Placing first in Marine Corps JROTC competition was Steven Murphy, 17, of R-S Central High School, North Carolina. Ridge Anderson, 16, of Forthsyth High School, Missouri, placed second with an aggregate score of 1083 and Manuel Leal, 17, of Selma HS, California, placed third (1082). Emily Weeks, 18, of R-S Central placed fourth with 1081 and Joshua Foster, 19, of Sapulpa HS, Oklahoma, placed fifth (1079).

In Air Force sporter competition, Arthur David, 17, (1181) and Kenneth Corona, 17, (1101) of South Anchorage, Alaska, placed first and second. Matthew Velasquez, 15, of Buckeye Union HS, Arizona, placed third with 1091. Lara Lindberg, 16, and Katelynn Law, 17, of Western Hills, Texas, placed fourth and fifth with 1085 and 1080, respectively.

In sporter team competition, Flowing Wells HS, Arizona captured first place with a team aggregate score of 4384. Team members are Alexandrea Provine, Tyler Rico, Wayne Smith and Paul Hurd.

Second place went to Daleville HS, Alabama (4365). Team members are Joshua Ranes, Juan Escalante, Katlyn Bass and Joshua Nabinger. The third place finisher was Ozark HS, Missouri (4356). Team members are Benjamin Estes, Brianna Sawyers, Robert Broadstreet and Tyler Gregory.

The fourth place sporter team was King George HS, Virginia with an aggregate score of 4335. Firing members are Hunter Cushman, Emilie Stevenson, Matthew Ritenour and Sheila Craine. Fifth place went to Rayville HS, Louisiana (4305). Team members are Charles Hollis, Gary Johnson, Cody Bernal and Jack Lockeby.

For complete results of the 2012 National JROTC Championships, log onto http://clubs.odcmp.com/cgi-bin/report_matchResult.cgi?matchID=8422.  o view, download, print or purchase CMP photos from the event, log onto http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/.

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