STHS JrROTC places high |

STHS JrROTC places high

Cadets from the academic team of the South Tahoe High School Naval Junior ROTC program placed 11th in the United States out of nearly 900 teams in the recent Chief of Naval Education and Training NJROTC academic championships.

Cadet members included seniors Robbie Florentine, Loren Pierce and Bill Turner; juniors Mary Griffin, Matt Hock, Kyle Smith and Ben Yang; sophomores Chris Filipko, Luis Gomez, Steve LaPoine and Jerrel “JT” Reese; and freshmen Nate Buffa and Ransom Burford. Cadets Reese and Burford tied for the high-average award at the end of the season. In several national matches, the South Tahoe cadets also placed third, fourth and fifth in the nation.

The cadets also recently won the annual Viking Challenge Orienteering Meet at South Lake Tahoe. Eighty-six Army and Navy cadets from Carson, Churchill County, Incline, Reed and South Tahoe high schools competed in male, female and coeducational divisions. This was the most closely contested meet in the event’s three-year history, with the local cadets beating second-place Carson High School by a score of d206 to 192.

The international sport of orienteering requires athletes to navigate a large area with a map and compass to locate small orange and white control-marker flags as quickly as possible. Orienteers use topographic maps in order to determine the best route between markers. To be successful, the athlete needs excellent map-reading skills, concentration, endurance, agility and the ability to make quick decisions while running at high speed.

Individual medal winners from South Tahoe included cadets Luis Gomez and Mary Griffin, first place, coed division; Dustin Johnston and Alissa Knoll, second place, coed division; Tobin Lindstrom and Justin Seals, second place, male division; Melissa Ducker and Katie Raschke, third place, female division; Larry Frye and Matt Hock, fourth place, male division; and Jordan Sharpe and Ben Yang, fifth place, male division. Of 50 possible points, cadets Lindstrom and Seals earned 41, the second-highest score for the day among the 43 teams that competed.

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