Submitted by Mark DeBoard

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Crosman Challenge Cup was held again on Dec. 27 -29, 2016, at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Over 70 sporter class air rifle competitors from across the country came together to compete for the title of Best Shooter and Top Team.

The Crosman Challenge Cup is a two-day 60 Shot match where competitors shoot 20 shots each in the prone, standing and kneeling positions. Scoring was calculated by the MegaLink electronic target scoring system.

There were several returning teams from last year’s event that wanted to take away the title of Top Team from last year’s champion, Turlock High School – coached by Major Cross. It didn’t take long for Turlock High to rise to the top, and after day one, they had a double-digit lead.

Match Director Michele Makucevich volunteered her time to teach a shooters clinic, which was attended by most, if not all, of the competitors. The clinic was a great success, and several of the students walked away with a better understanding of the sport and renewed spirit of competition.

Day two was much like day one, with the exception of better scores from the competitors thanks to the clinic. At the end of the day, it was still Turlock at the top of the leader board with a score of 4319. Congratulation to Major Cross and the Turlock High cadets for earning Top Team and to Nicolas McKeon for scoring a 1195.6 for first place overall. The top 10 teams were awarded room reimbursement for up to nine nights stay each at the Plaza Hotel from Crosman.

The Crosman Challenge Cup got its name from the Crosman Challenger air rifle that was born in 2009 at the Crosman factory in Bloomfield, N.Y. The Challenger quickly dominated the sport, and there have been over 20,000 sold to competitive programs.

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