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2018 Competition News

2018 Montgomery Bell Academy Rifle Classic

Rifle Team Recap

On Saturday, September 15, our team opened the 2018-2019 Competition year in our County Match at Riverview High School in the Sarasota County JROTC Air Rifle League. 


The young SMA Rifle Team roster for this competition was full of freshmen who brought home a 1st Place finish in the shooting portion scoring an 873 over 2nd Place Venice with an 863. SMA was led by Andersen Suter with a 226, closely followed by Exavier Olson’s 223. Also contributing to the 1st Place finish was Kendall Goebel, Phillip Pellegrino and Andon Owens. Congratulations all. 


October 4-8, the SMA Rifle Team traveled to Nashville, TN to compete in the Montgomery Bell Academy Rifle Classic with over 240 competitors. This year we took our youngest team ever to this competition. In Precision, we had senior Catherine Taylor, juniors Dante Aletto and Luke Romano, sophomores Guadalupe Perez and Isabella Ponce. Of the 5 Precision, only 2 have experience outside of SMA. 

In the Sporter Class we had 3 sophomores (Connor Chalupa, Sophia Olazabal and 1st year team member Amelia Austin), and 3 freshmen (Kendall Goebel, Xavier Olson and Andersen Suter). 


Both Precision and Sporter had a very good competition, surprisingly both teams finished in the top 10 with over 50 teams competing from across the country. 

Senior Catherine Taylor led SMA Precision with a 582-35, finishing in 9th place of 79 competitors; Cat was tied for 8th to get into the finals of 8 but lost the tie-breaker 39 to 35. In the Standing match, Cat also led the team with a 599, followed by Dante Aletto’s 585 and an outstanding score of 578 by Guadalupe Perez. Isabella Ponce and Luke Romano also contributed.


The Sporter team was led by Sophia Olazabal, followed closely by freshman Kendall Goebel. It was an experience and everyone represented themselves and the SMA with the highest degree of Honor!


Tuesday, October 8, the SMA Rifle Team competed against Desoto HS in a Postal match held here at the SMA. The team scored a year high 953 in taking 1st Place over Venice HS’s 935; the Army JROTC outperformed the 2017-2018 League Champion Marine Corps JROTC team.  The team was led by freshman Kendall Goebel’s year high 247 with Andersen Suter 238 and Pellegrino, Olson and Owens all putting up personal records. Congratulations and keep working.


The SMA Rifle Team will compete in the County League at Sarasota HS on October 19th and also a Sanctioned event will take place in the gym on Friday and Saturday with over 100 high school aged competitors competing. 

SMA Cup SPORTER

Sarasota, FL 

October 19-20, 2018

Scores/Results

County Match at Sarasota HS

Sarasota, FL 

October 19, 2018

Scores/Results

Montgomery Bell Academy Rifle Classic

Nashville, TN
October 4-7, 2018

Scores/Results

County Match at Desoto HS

Sarasota, FL 

October 06, 2018

Scores/Results

County Match at Riverview HS

Sarasota, FL 

September 15, 2018

Scores/Results

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