Rifle Earns Six All-GARC Certificates

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Feb. 22, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. - Junior Michael Matthews was a first-team Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) selection in smallbore, a second-team pick in the combined scoring and an honorable mention in air rifle in earning three of the six certificates awarded four Black Knights at Friday's awards banquet held at the Oxford Convention Center.

Juniors Richard Calvin and Joseph Todaro were selected for GARC honors in air rifle and smallbore, respectively, with senior Chris Malachosky named a Scholar-Athlete for the fourth consecutive year.

It is the second straight year Matthews garnered all-league honors in smallbore and the combined scoring after earning second-team honors in the former and honorable mention in the latter last year. He ranked fifth among the individuals in smallbore with a 583.83 average, stood sixth in the combined scoring (1170.167) and listed 13th in air rifle (586.67).

Calvin repeated as a second-team selection in air rifle with a 588.83 average that ranked eighth among a field of 57 shooters. West Virginia's Petra Zublasing and Maren Prediger recorded the top two averages in that event of 596.17 and 594.25, respectively.

Todaro earned smallbore honors for the second straight year with his selection as an honorable mention. He stood 14th in that discipline with a 578.00 average.

The Black Knights finished third in the regular-season GARC standings with a 4-2 mark with their losses to No. 1 West Virginia and No. 2 Kentucky. The Wildcats captured the GARC's regular-season title posting an unblemished 6-0 mark after defeating the Mountaineers (5-1). Nebraska was fourth (3-3) followed by North Carolina State (1-5), Memphis (1-5) and Ole Miss (1-5).

The Black Knights are the defending smallbore champions, but will be taxed to retain that title as West Virginia has the highest average (2338.0) in that discipline this year. Kentucky is close behind at 2325.17 followed by Army 2310.5. The Mountaineers also have the top average in air rifle (2366.5), which is over 10 points higher than the Wildcats (2356.17) followed by Army (2341.33).

West Virginia walked off with a majority of the major awards copping Shooter of the Year (Zublasing), Rookie of the Year (Garrett Spurgeon) and Senior of the Year (Zublasing). Nebraska's Stacy Underwood was named Coach of the Year with Ole Miss claiming the Sportsmanship Award and Assistant Coach of the Year (Natasha Dinsmore).

GARC competition gets under way Saturday morning with smallbore starting at 8 a.m ET with the individual finals in that event to begin at 6:30 p.m. Air rifle competition is Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. with the individual finals at 1:45 p.m. at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center.

Fans can follow the action with live targets and updated results throughout the tournament available on the website of Ole Miss. Fans can follow the action by clicking onto http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/w-rifle/garc-2013.html

GARC HONORS Michael Matthews Smallbore (first team), Combined Scoring (second team), Air Rifle (honorable mention)

Richard Calvin Air Rifle (second team)

Joseph Todaro Smallbore (honorable mention)

Chris Malachoskey Scholar-Athlete

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