Raiders on target at first meet in Alconbury since 2019
Stars and Stripes December 10, 2022
RAF ALCONBURY, England – Other than its counterpart in Vicenza, Alconbury is about as remote as it gets when it comes to DODEA-Europe marksmanship.
In fact, thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic, the Dragons hadn’t hosted other teams in person since 2019. That changed Saturday as six schools from the continent made the trip across the English Channel to compete in the season’s second week of action.
Kaiserslautern came out on top with a team score of 1,121. The Raiders’ Lana Le took first overall with a score of 286 (out of a possible 300) and teammate Katelynn McEntee was third at 285. Alconbury’s Daniella Pantoja also scored a 285, but grabbed second thanks to more bullseyes.
“The competition is really strong in this conference,” Raiders coach William Conley said. “That is what I really love about coaching this sport. Even though there is a strong sense of competition, it is very friendly. People are here to help one another. Watching the kids come together and get to know each other as the coaches get to know each other, it just makes for a great season.”
The Dragons came in second with a final score of 1,104 – bettering the school record total they established in the season’s opening week. Wiesbaden was just behind in third with a total of 1,101.
“One thing I have always liked about marksmanship and specifically, the DODEA Western Conference, is even though we are competing against each other we are also doing everything we can to help the other teams,” Dragons coach John Pardo said.