Torres finishes second in nation |

Torres finishes second in nation

STHS's varsity rifle team includes, back row from left, Oscar Temprano, Daniel Lee, Jessica Winberg, Chris Watkins, Kyra DeSilva and Alex Huxtable. In the front row are Nick Rumble, Alexandra Johnson, Eric Bergsohn and Dustin Torres

Not only did both the South Tahoe varsity and junior varsity rifle teams recently finish successful seasons in the Sierra Nevada League, but the Vikings stood out on the national level as well.

At the national championships last month, Dustin Torres’ second-place finish out of more than 2,000 shooters helped the Vikings finish 30th out of 249 teams. His score of 277 (out of a possible 300) is the highest score ever by a South Tahoe shooter.

At the same event, team captain Alexandra Johnson finished 112th with a score of 247. Both shooters helped the Vikings’ varsity squad finish third in league with a 6-4 record. All of the team’s losses were to national powerhouses Carson and Reno.

In other league action, Johnson took fourth in the Top Gun Tournament with a score of 255. This impressive performance placed her among the nation’s upper echelon and she proved it at nationals. Her league average of 238 placed her 12th overall in the league.

Torres, a four-year shooter, had four matches with scores of at least 260. His average of 248 was the fourth best in the league, which had almost 120 athletes. Of the first-year shooters, Jessica Winberg had high honors with an average of 205.

Cadets used a .177 caliber ‘sporter’ pellet rifles to shoot targets about one inch in diameter at 33 feet. The maximum number of points that a shooter can earn is 300, 100 each in the prone, standing and kneeling position.

The junior varsity shooters compiled a 5-2 record and finished third in the Sierra Nevada League.

Team Results


STHS 910 Incline 830

Carson 1020 STHS 899

Reed 926 STHS 917

STHS 906 Burbank 534

STHS 893 Damonte 835

STHS 929 Fallon 907

STHS 912 Eureka 753

STHS 933 Incline 840

Carson 1022 STHS 960

Reed 990 STHS 964

STHS Record: 6-4

Junior Varsity

STHS 709 San Benito 316

STHS 735 Centennial 477

STHS 696 Enterprise 677

STHS 719 Eureka 490

STHS 743 Fallon 734

Carson 866 STHS 764

Reed 882 STHS 778

STHS Record: 6-2

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