Oak Harbor High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp competitive teams are a perennial regional power, but now the Wildcats are aiming to succeed at the national level.
Oak Harbor will sent its orienteering team to the Navy National Championships Feb. 14-15 in Agua Dulce, Calif., and its rifle team to Western Regional Finals Feb. 20-21 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Well done, Wildcats.
We didn’t have orienterring as a competition when I was there back in the stone age. We did have a rifle team. They used .22LR rifles back then, but have since switched to air rifles. Interestingly, the rifle range was in the crawl space under the elementary school.
I tried out, very, very briefly for the rifle team, but my poor vision and the palsy in my hands soon showed me that I was utterly unsuited.
What’s interesting is the travel part for the rifle team. Back in the day, while many meets took place physically, that is, the team would travel to another school’s range and fire for record, many other meets were “postal” in which the targets would be scored, and compared via mail (or really, telephone) to determine winners of geographically separated teams.