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Streetsboro resident competes for WRA riflery team

Published: March 19, 2014 12:00 AM
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Staff report

The Western Reserve Academy rifle team posted its 10th consecutive winning season in 2013-14.

The Pioneers captured the Indiana Public School Championship for the eighth time in the past nine years, won every dual match on the schedule, captured the WRA Invitational and finished fourth at the Camp Perry Invitational.

The squad boasted a balanced attack, led by senior tri-captain Linda Adams, who earned Most Valuable Player honors after posting a season average of 261.12 points.

That total was the third-best season average in the program's history.

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She also was a top-five finisher in five of the season's biggest matches and posted a score of 270 in the National Rifle Association of America Postal Match, one of just six WRA shooters to shoot 270 or better in a match.

Senior tri-captains Julia Franquesa and Lily Liu and senior Amy Squire shared the Coaches/Spirit Award.

Franquesa and Liu posted top-five finishes in seven matches and finished the season with the second- and third-highest averages, respectively, on the team. Squire was a top-six finisher in four matches and had the fifth-best average on the team.

Even though the team will lose several of its top shooters to graduation for the second year in a row, head coach Diccon Ong remains optimistic that with up to 18 returning team members, including Most Improved Players Simon Ong, a junior, and Ethan Troyer, a junior Streetsboro resident, the Pioneers will remain on target next season.

Captains for next season are juniors Dante Aguilar, Simon Ong and Matthew Wenstrup.

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