A junior rifle shooting team composed of members from Pierce and Thurston Counties won the national championship in the air rifle 3-position shooting discipline at the competitions in Anniston, Alabama, earlier in July.
Included on the Capitol City Junior Rifle Club were Kyle Rebillion (top, left), who will be a senior at Steilacoom High School next year and Josh Pagel (at right) from University Place, who graduated from Curtis High School in June. The team was coached during the competition by Kyle’s dad, Art Rebillion, also of Steilacoom. Others on the team included Danny Lowe (bottom right), Olympia; Brandon Hergert (bottom left), Port Angeles; and Jennifer Greeves (middle photo, left), Lacey (alternate). John Crossman of Olympia is coach of the team.
The Capitol City Juniors competed against 22 other teams which counted 162 individual shooters. The competition was sponsored by USA Shooting, the national governing body for the Olympic shooting disciplines. The local team was selected to represent the State of Washington on the basis of winning a qualifier match last March.
In addition to this competition, Rebillion and Page also competed in the USA Shooting National Championships in Georgia. That contest was held immediately ahead of the junior event in Alabama.
The air rifles used in this level of competition are very sophisticated (another word for expensive) and are the same makes and models as those that will be used in the air rifle events in the Beijing Olympics. These rifles are generally made in Germany and, at 10 meters, are capable of putting 10 pellets through the same hole.
Team standings aside, the Capitol City team individual finishers placed as follows: Rebillion – 13th place at 1171 (out of 1200 possible); Lowe – 15th at 1170; Pagel – 17th at 1168. Hergert placed 56th at 1152 and Greeves was 80th at 1143.
Note: Rifles in pictures not used in competition.