Written by Ronald Scaglia, Rscaglia@antonnews.com Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
The Massapequa Rifle Team captured the New York State Championships last month at West Point. Coach Alex Norden, was quite happy about his team’s shooters, who first captured the Nassau County title, before winning state honors.
“We set a goal,” said Norden. “We had the right execution and performance when it counted. I’m very proud of them.”
Thomas Sarant lead the way as the team captured the Nassau County title by defeating Valley Stream, a powerhouse in rifle competition. Sarant shot 288 which led his team and also earned him the individual Nassau County Championship.
“He’s got tremendous attention to detail,” the coach said of Sarant. “He works really hard.
Also contributing at the county championship held at the Roslyn Rifle and Revolver Club was Erin Kohler. She finished in third place, with a score of 281.
“She had by far her best day ever,” said Norden. “She had a huge score which really helped us get a county championship.”
Matthew McKeown was on the mark as well. He finished in fourth place individually, which resulted in Massapequa taking down three of the top four places and easily winning the Nassau Championship.
After a celebratory dinner at Wendy’s, which is the shooter’s favorite place, it was off to the state championships at West Point. The Massapequa team was impressed by the state of the art shooting center at the U.S. Military Academy, which has electronic targets but the difference in conditions did not hamper their skills. At the state finals, Chris Esposito led the way for Massapequa. He finished in second place overall, and just missed winning the individual state title by one point. Matthew McKeown, finished in third place, not far behind. Thomas Sarant, continued his marksmanship, finishing in fifth place individually at the state finals. With Massapequa taking down three of the top five places, the Chiefs easily brought home the state title.