The Piedra Vista Marksmanship team finished the competitive year on a high note.

At the Civilian Marksmanship Program's Western States Regional Championships in Layton, Utah, the PVHS squad won second place with a school record score of 4,301 during the two-day competition on April 4 to 5.

This competition involved the best shooting teams from the 13 western states, including Alaska and Hawaii. When these results were merged with the other two concurrent regional competitions in Ohio and Alabama, Piedra Vista placed fifth in the nation. The Piedra Vista squad received a cash prize of $1,200 and a contribution of $3,500 into their shooting sport endowment fund for their second-place showing at the regional event. Piedra Vista marksman Brandon Von-Ha took the second place individual medal, while sophomore Belle Toney placed ninth.

Two members of Piedra Vista High School’s marksmanship team, sophomore Belle Toney and junior Brandon Von-Ha, are pictured.
Two members of Piedra Vista High School's marksmanship team, sophomore Belle Toney and junior Brandon Von-Ha, are pictured. (Courtesy of Piedra Vista High School)

The following week, Piedra Vista participated in the 2014 New Mexico State JROTC Championships at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. The PV squad shot a score of 2,142, winning the first-place trophy and outpacing 5A Rio Rancho, which had a score of 2,120 and placed second. At this competition involving 148 marksmen from throughout New Mexico, PV marksman Brandon Von-Ha, Broderick Conniff and Darnell Lincoln placed second, third and fourth, individually. Lincoln also qualified for the CMP's Distinguished Junior Marksmanship Award. He becomes the seventh individual in San Juan County to receive this cumulative shooting medal. Only 600 medals have been awarded nation-wide since the national program's inception in 2001.

Piedra Vista's Advanced Marksmanship Team is composed of juniors Brandon Von-Ha, Shelby Wyckoff, Broderick Conniff, Darnell Lincoln and sophomore Belle Toney.