Rifle Readies for Army-Navy Star Match
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The 2018 edition of the Army-Navy Rifle Star Match is set for this Saturday at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. The showdown between the No. 13 Mids (3-5, 2-5 GARC) and No. 14 Black Knights (5-8, 2-5 GARC) will begin at 9 a.m. Navy comes into the matchup with four straight competition scores of 4,655-plus, including a school-record 4,683 that was shot on Jan. 21.
Navy is in search of its first Star Match victory over Army since 2009. Last year at West Point, the Mids fell to an experienced, veteran-laded Black Knights squad, 5,823-5,788. Earlier this year in November at the President’s Trophy Match, a four-team competition among service academy schools, Army edged Navy by just two points at 5,810-5,808. Freshmen Torrance Kang and Daniel Enger led the Mids in the President’s Trophy competition with respective aggregate scores of 1,171 and 1,167.
Saturday’s match will use a unique scoring format in which eight shooters are listed as starters with the top-five scores counting for the final results. The setup is used to test the depth of the rival service academy programs. For NCAA-scoring purposes five-up, four-count scores will be kept as well.
Last Time Out
Navy’s hot start to the second half of its 2017-18 season continued this past Sunday as the Mids posted their fourth straight match score of 4,655 or higher. Buoyed by a strong effort in smallbore, the host Midshipmen put themselves in good position at halfway mark, but down the stretch of their competition they were overtaken by the eighth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels by two points, 4,659-4,657.
Navy’s freshman class led the way on Sunday as Torrance Kang, Luke Knollinger and Daniel Enger went 1-2-3 in the aggregate scoring standings. Kang ranked first amongst the 16 shooters at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range with a two-gun total of 1,169 points courtesy of a 577 in smallbore and 592 in air rifle. Knollinger recorded a career-high with 1,165 points, while Enger tallied 1,164 points.
Comparing the Squads
|Highest Smallbore Average||K. Kuhne, 576.6||P. Nunn, 577.4|
|Smallbore Shooters w/570+ Avg.||6||5|
|Highest Air Rifle Average||T. Kang, 589.3||K. Kutz, 587.7|
|Air Rifle Shooters w/580+ Avg.||5||4|
|Highest Aggregate Average||T. Kang, 1165.1||P. Nunn, 1164.1|
|Shooters w/1150+ Agg. Avg.||6||5|
|Team Smallbore Average||2306.0||2301.7|
|Team Air Rifle Average||2345.4||2340.2|
|Team Aggregate Average||4651.4||4641.9|
|Highest Team Aggregate Score||4683,
vs. NCSU (1/21)
|4665, vs. Nevada (11/4)|
Comparing the Lineups
Top-five potential smallbore shooters by season average
|Navy||Army West Point|
|Kestrel Kuhne, 576.6||Payne Nunn, 577.4|
|Josh Watson, 576.2||Clayton Hanson, 577.0|
|Torrance Kang, 575.8||Matt Lovre, 573.1|
|Daniel Enger, 574.6||Kaitlyn Kutz, 573.0|
|Luke Knollinger, 570.9||Nathan Brewer, 570.6|
|Total: 2874.1||Total: 2871.1|
Top-five potential air rifle shooters by season average
|Navy||Army West Point|
|Torrance Kang, 589.3||Kaitlyn Kutz, 587.7|
|Kestrel Kuhne, 587.2||Payne Nunn, 586.7|
|Thomas Sarant, 584.2||Nathan Brewer, 583.1|
|Daniel Enger, 584.1||Clayton Hanson, 581.1|
|Luke Knollinger, 581.9||Matt Lovre, 579.7|
|Total: 2926.7||Total: 2918.3|