Rifle Falls to No. 10 Alaska-Fairbanks


FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The fourth-ranked Kentucky rifle team ended the fall portion of its schedule on Saturday after dropping just its second match of the season. Tenth-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks came out on top, 4671-4667, on Saturday.

“It is always disappointing when you have worked hard for a period of time and don’t get the results you want,” head coach Harry Mullins said. “I felt we were ready to perform at a high level this weekend – we did in spurts – but did not see the numbers to reflect that. Now that we go into the break, it will give us continued time to improve in the areas that we need so that our scores increase and stay consistent.”

The Wildcats posted scores of 2363 in air rifle and 2304 in smallbore.

Hanna Carr finished in second place overall after a strong 589 in air rifle, her fourth-best score to date, and a 579 in smallbore. The Versailles, Kentucky, native led the team with an 1168 aggregate.

Heather Kirby fired her third-best score of the season (595) in air rifle, which claimed the top individual spot in the discipline. The senior added a 571 in smallbore for an 1166 aggregate and fourth place overall.

Sonya May delivered for Kentucky and owned fifth place overall after she fired a 586 in air rifle – her fourth-best score in the discipline this season – then followed with a 580 in smallbore for an 1166 aggregate.

Billy Azzinaro tied the second-best smallbore score of his career with a 588. The junior shot 574 in smallbore, giving him an 1162 aggregate and sixth place overall.  

Cathryn Papasodora tied her second-best air rifle score (591) and eventually shot 1162 for the match.

Jason Sharbel also tied his second best air rifle score on the season.

Kentucky now sits at 10-2 overall and will break until Jan. 14 when they face Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center.