The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit hosted the Scholastic Pistol Program’s Southwest Regional Match on Saturday, February 7 at the Gun Smoke Range in Snook, Texas.
This first regional match of 2015 saw 27 squads comprising 115 athletes from 12 teams from around the country. Sending squads for the match were the Alabama Privateers (AL), CC Top Shots (TX), Dripping Springs (TX), North Texas Hot Shots (TX), Red Dawn Raiders (TX), South Texas Shooters (TX), Southeastern Illinois College (IL), Straight Shooters (AZ), Team Gotta (WA), Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (TX), U.S. Military Academy – West Point (NY), and the U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis (MD).
The match included some special events in keeping with being hosted by a military unit. BG(R) Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., Commandant of Cadets, started the match by signaling the firing of the Corps’ new 105mm howitzer. During the lunch break, athletes and guests were treated to a show of force by three AH-64 Apache helicopters.
The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets successfully defended their title to repeat as College Centerfire champions, while the team’s Maroon squad took the College Rimfire title. South Texas Shooters Squad 1 won the Senior Centerfire title, and Team Gotta (WA) won Senior Rimfire. Among Junior squads, South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 3 were the winners.
Divisional winners include:
- 1st – TAMU Corps of Cadets (CCMU) (TX)
2nd – USMA (West Point) (NY)
3rd – USNA (Annapolis) (MD)
- 1st – CCMU Maroon
2nd – CCMU White
- 1st – South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 1
- 1st – Team Gotta (WA)
2nd – South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 2
3rd – Dripping Springs (TX) Maroon
- 1st – South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 3
2nd – South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 5
3rd – Red Dawn Raiders (TX) Strikers
High Overall Awards
- Junior Rimfire – Ethan Inocando, South Texas Shooters 3
Senior Rimfire – Adam Thomas, Team Gotta 1
Senior Centerfire – Domingo Quintanilla, South Texas Shooters 1
Collegiate Rimfire – Chandler Lewis, CCMU Maroon
Collegiate Centerfire – Anthony Veith, West Point CWT
Junior Rimfire High Lady – Katy Allen, South Texas Shooters 5
Senior Rimfire High Lady – Annie Unsell, Alabama Privateers
Senior Centerfire High Lady – Abigail Hanna, South Texas Shooters 1
College Rimfire High Lady – Naomi Boyer, CCMU Maroon
The Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU), at Texas A&M University also created a new trophy to be presented each year at the SPP Southwest Winter Regional for the top high-scoring Service/Senior Military Academy centerfire team. The trophy will be known as the Easley “Deadeye” Award, which is named in honor of A&M graduate Brig. General Claudius M. Easley, US Army.
Our thanks to Mary DuBuisson for sharing her photos of the event.