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2018-01-17 / Sports

Rifle squad splits in week’s matches

Clarence’s rifle team went 1-1 against the competition last week, cruising to a 1,122-1,040 victory over Holland on Thursday just two days after being edged out by Alden in a heartbreaking 1,129-1,124 decision.

Clarence’s top gun against Holland was Matt Kirk, who posted a score of 285 out of a possible 300 points. Other top shooters included Alexis Kirk (281), Josh Pfennig (278) and Lauren Stashek (personal-best 277). Crew Ferrentino and Adam Croff also shot personal-best scores.

Matt Kirk also had Clarence’s best score against Alden, posting a 287 to beat out Trey Dziabo’s personal-best 281. Alexis Kirk chipped in with a 279 and Pfennig added a 277. Gabby Ganschow, Bryce Deahn, Gabby Eberle and Wyatt Belanger each shot personal-best scores on the day as well.

The Red Devils return to action this afternoon against Pioneer and then face Lancaster Thursday before a 12-day break in competition has them off the range until they face Orchard Park on Jan. 30.

In related news, Alexis Kirk competed in this past weekend’s 12th annual Camp Perry Open in Port Clinton, Ohio. Out of a field of 193 precision air rifle marksmen that included members of the Army Marksmanship Unit, as well as national and world champions, Kirk posted top third finishes in both the open and junior competitions with a two-day score of 1,174.1 of a possible base score of 1,200. She was also the top gun for the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Jr. Blue team, which finished 19th of 26 junior teams.

Clarence teammate Michael Dziabo finished 134th in his first open match, meanwhile, with a personal-best 1,110.

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