Monday, July 30, 2018

Loudoun Youth State Shooting Champions

Members of Team LoCo Motion have risen to state-wide prominence having recently won state championships at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program State Match.  Established in 2015, Team LoCo Motion participates in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) where youth, ages 12 – college shoot pistols and rifles at steel targets while timed.  The state match took place at the NRA Headquarters range in Fairfax.  In one of his first official acts, NRA President Oliver North was on hand to welcome the athletes.
During the competition, athletes competed as a four-person squad shooting both rimfire pistol and rifle.  The Team LoCo Motion Red Squad took 2nd place in the rimfire pistol division, just missing first place by only 0.62 seconds.  Red Squad members included Nathan Ellis of Leesburg, Adam and Ethan Jardines of Purcellville as well as Corrine Whisenant of Harpers Ferry, WV.   In the rimfire rifle - optics division, the Team LoCo Motion Crimson Squad took 3rd place.  Squad members included Lauren Creese of Purcellville, Anna and Ben Soltis of Round Hill and Corrine Whisenant.

At the individual level, the team took the lions share of championships:
-        Michael Soltis of Round Hill took 1st place in the collegiate rimfire pistol as well as collegiate rifle - iron sights divisions
-        Adam Jardines of Purcellville took 1st place in the high school rimfire pistol division
-        Ethan Jardines of Purcellville took 1st place in the middle school rimfire pistol and rifle – iron sights divisions

Team LoCo Motion, has received grant funding from the NRA Foundation and the Town of Purcellville.  As a way of assisting other youth development programs, the team runs pistol qualifications sessions for the VIKING Division Sea Cadets in Purcellville, as well as the Leesburg and Winchester Civil Air Patrol squadrons.  For more information about the team, visit

Eliot Jardines

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