CAMP PERRY, Ohio The California Grizzlies Junior Rifle Team, which counts eight foothill competitors among its members, made its usual mark in the National Rifle Association Championships at Camp Perry.
The team consisted of Ty and Samantha Cooper, 18 and 17, respectively, of Coulterville; Lee Bahten, 14, of Jamestown; David Garcia, 16, and David Katosic, 16, of Sonora; Chad Kurgan, 12, of Twain Harte; Lauren White, 16, and Braden Easley, 14, of Tuolumne; and Justin Barry, 16, of Lemoore.
All trained for several months with coaches Robert Taylor II, Ed Taylor and Steve Finigian, the .22 Junior Range Officer at the Mother Lode Gun Club.
The Coopers, the Grizzlies' veterans, took fourth place out of 118 two-person teams in the Whistler Boy competition, while Kurgan, White, Garcia and Katosic won the sharpshooter team title in the four-person Rumbold Match.
? Ty Cooper was high junior overall in the Coast Artillery, Navy Cup and Nevada Trophy matches.
? Samantha Cooper took a Third Master and two Fourth Master honors.
? Garcia was second sharpshooter in the overall National Match Rifle Championships and took first, second and third places in individual matches.
? Katosic was fourth sharpshooter in the Scott Trophy.
? White was third marksman in the Vandenburg Cup and fourth marksman in the Scott Trophy.
? Kurgan was first marksman in the Members Trophy, Coast Artillery and Air Force Cup matches, and took second and third in other matches.
? Easley was fourth marksman in Coast Artillery.
? Bahten was first marksman in the Appreciation Cup and finished second in three other matches.
All shooting was done at 200, 300 and 600 yards, with the Grizzlies the only team to use bolt-action rifles.