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Several personal bests, including personal records in combined score by freshman Katie Frye and junior Alexa Potts, pushed Morehead State Rifle to a 4,635-4,536 victory over visiting UT Martin Saturday at Button Rifle Range.

The Eagles are now 2-0 on the young 2018-19 season.

Frye led the Eagles, and all shooters, on the air rifle range with a 588. She added a 572 smallbore total for a personal record 1160 combined score. Frye also tied her smallbore standing PR with a 186. Potts tied her smallbore personal best with a 576 and fired a 587 in air for a combined 1163.

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Turning in its second highest aggregate score of the season, the nationally-ranked Morehead State Rifle team won its third straight home match, fourth match overall, and second of the weekend over UT Martin Sunday.

The Eagles bested the UTM Mixed Team 4621-4601. The UTM women scored a 4416.

With four of the five in the air rifle starting lineup at 580 or better, the Eagles shot their second best air score of the year at 2331. They totaled a 2290 in smallbore.

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A pair of school records and several personal bests highlighted the Morehead State rifle team's first weekend of action at the Ole Miss and Memphis Open events.

Senior Joe Fischer set the MSU individual combined school record at Mississippi as he fired a 589-air rifle, 583-smallbore scorecard for an 1172 total. Fischer also shattered the school smallbore kneeling record, recording a 199 with 13 center shots. Both records were personal bests too.

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The Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association has awarded its 2016-17 Scholastic All-American honors, and nine Morehead State rifle students are on the prestigious list.

MSU's total on this list has increased from three in 2015 to five in 2016 and now nine in 2017.

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The Morehead State rifle team wrapped up its 2016-17 season Saturday at an NCAA qualifier match against the No. 6-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Air rifle highlighted the day as eight Eagle shooters hit the 580-or-better mark.

Morehead State finished with a 4,600 aggregate total. MSU shot 4,600 or higher in 10 of its 11 events this season after only registering that milestone three times in 2015-16.

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Even though the Morehead State rifle team fell short against second-ranked Murray State Saturday at home, several shooters established personal bests in the shoulder-to-shoulder matchup.

Murray State, ranked No. 2 in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll, finished with 4,700 to the Eagles' 4,603. The Racers set their school record in air rifle.

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School records fell again Saturday as the Morehead State rifle team defeated North Georgia, 4618-4588, at Button Rifle Range.

The Eagles established the school aggregate and air rifle records, breaking them for the third time just this season.

Freshman Karly Potts was the brightest spot in air competition, shooting a career-best 591. Freshman Jesse Moyer carded a 586, and sophomore Siarra Crum nailed down a 584 in air.

Junior Haley Wilson paced the team in smallbore with a 574, while freshman Sarah Fink tallied a 573.

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Highlighted by five air scores of 580 or better, the Morehead State rifle team narrowly fell at 10th-ranked Mississippi on Saturday. The Eagles dropped the shoulder-to-shoulder match 4,642-4,604.

In air rifle, a trio of freshmen - Karly Potts (586), Sarah Fink (582) and Jesse Moyer (580) - helped the Eagles' cause to a team score of 2,328. Junior Haley Wilson (580) and freshman Alexa Potts (580) also got to the 580-plateau. Junior Dan Hall (579) and sophomore Brandon Bryer (579) were close as well.

Rifle Opens 2016-17 Season with School-record Effort Against VMI

Oct 17, 2016
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Morehead State rifle opened its 2016-17 season in style Saturday, setting school records for aggregate and air rifle totals in defeating Virginia Military Institute.

The Eagles fired an aggregate total of 4,612, eclipsing the previous school standard of 4,607 set at the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Championships. MSU also nudged off the previous air rifle school record by two points, totaling 2,326. The VMI mixed team finished at 4,501, and the VMI women's squad scored a 4,426.

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The Morehead State rifle team, under the direction of third-year Head Coach Alan Joseph, opens its 2016-17 campaign this weekend with home matches against Virginia Military Institute and Jacksonville State.

MSU entertains VMI at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday in the Button Rifle Ranges, and the match with JSU will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Morehead State is ranked 17th in the nation in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll. The Eagles also finished last season with five athletes named to the Collegiate Rifle Association's Scholastic All-American team.

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The No. 18 Morehead State rifle team put the finishing touches on its 2015-16 campaign Saturday at an NCAA Qualifier match at Kentucky. MSU fired a 4,572 aggregate total, while the host UK Wildcats finished with a 4,681.

Sophomore Haley Wilson paced the Eagles in air rifle and smallbore, firing a 580 on the air gun and a 574 in smallbore. The season marked the second under Head Coach Alan Joseph.

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Powered by a school record-tying smallbore total, the Morehead State rifle team eclipsed the 4,600 mark for the second time this season, shooting the second best aggregate score in program history Saturday at Jacksonville State.

The Eagles fired a 2,295 smallbore total, and that effort led to a 4,605 aggregate total - just two points shy of the school record set last season at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships. The host Gamecocks won the dual match, notching a 4,638 total.

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Chances are, when many a football or basketball player sits down in a Morehead State classroom, people will notice. Size says a lot.

On the other end of the spectrum, perhaps the most anonymous-looking folks on campus are members of the MSU rifle team. They blend in with the crowd. Make no mistake, though, these Eagles are athletes.

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No. 18 Morehead State Rifle claimed a victory over Virginia Military Institute, 4,594-4,479, at Button Range Saturday while setting a school record in air rifle.

Sophomores Haley Wilson and Dan Hall, paired with freshmen Melanie West and Siarra "CC" Crum, recorded a combined score of 2,324 in air rifle. Wilson led the group with a score of 586, followed by West at 583 (career high), Crum with 580 and Hall finishing it off with a 575. It was the second victory of the year over the Keydets.

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The No. 17 Morehead State Rifle team came up short Sunday to No. 2 Murray State 4,692-4,584, in the Ohio State Buckeye Open at Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.

Sophomore Haley Wilson led the way for the Eagles, collecting personal-best scores throughout the day. She shot a combined score of 1,166, tying former Eagle Ethan Cole for the MSU aggregate record.

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No. 18 Morehead State rifle team fell to No. 4 Murray State, 4,714-4,587, at Pat Spurgin Rifle Range on Saturday.

The MSU smallbore team score of 2,283 and air rifle score of 2,304 were both season highs, and the aggregate score of 4,587 also marked a season high for the Eagles.

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Morehead State rifle collected its second victory of the young season with a 4,569- 4,503 win over North Georgia at Button Rifle Range Saturday.

Sophomore Joe Fischer had a personal best in combined smallbore and air rifle. He fired a 575 in smallbore to lead all shooters, followed by a 574 in air rifle, for an individual aggregate score of 1,149. Fischer's total score led all shooters on the day.

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Junior Taylor Johnson, senior Jumell Wilson and freshman Joe Fischer from the Morehead State rifle program have been tabbed as Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Scholastic All-Americans after posting 3.2-or-better grade point averages during the fall semester.

"Taylor, Jumell and Joe are well-rounded student-athletes," Head Coach Alan Joseph said. "They are the type of people we want in our program. We want individuals who can compete at a high level, but also young men and women who have good character and take their academics seriously."

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The 18th-ranked Morehead State rifle team turned in a fourth-place effort at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship with an aggregate score of 4,607. The Eagles fired a 2,292 in smallbore on Saturday and 2,315 in air rifle on Sunday (Feb. 8) at the Gamecock Rifle Range.

Host Jacksonville State claimed its fourth consecutive league championship after the two-day event. The Gamecocks also won crowns in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Murray State placed second with a 4,644, while UT Martin's mixed team finished third with a 4,615.

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The No. 18 Morehead State rifle team posted a 4,561-4,409 dual-match victory over Division III opponent Rose-Hulman on Saturday (Jan. 31) at the Cook Stadium Rifle Range. The Eagles registered a 2,283-2,234 advantage in air rifle and 2,278-2,175 upper hand in smallbore.

MSU claimed the top seven spots in the individual standings. Freshman Haley Wilson led the way with an aggregate score of 1,148, while senior Ethan Cole recorded an 1,143, junior Russell Smith managed an 1,138, freshman Dan Hill notched an 1,134 and freshman Seth Baker tallied an 1,133.

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The No. 18 Morehead State rifle team competed on Saturday (Nov. 8) at the Akron Zippy Open and Sunday at the Ohio State Buckeye Open. The Eagles highlighted their weekend action by posting a school-record aggregate score of 4,584 at OSU's event.

MSU topped the previous school record of 4,580, set in a dual match against UT Martin on Oct. 27, 2012. Sunday's figure came from a 2,275 smallbore score and 2,309 air rifle mark. The event continues next weekend when No. 10 OSU, Nevada, UTEP and TCU shoot.

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The No. 19 Morehead State rifle team, under the direction of first-year Head Coach Alan Joseph, improved to 2-0 on the season with a 4,568-4,537 victory over No. 18 Columbus State on Saturday (Oct. 25) at Button Rifle Range. Both programs compete in the Ohio Valley Conference for rifle.

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The Morehead State rifle team is ranked in the top 20, according to the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association preseason poll.

MSU is ranked 19th, one of five Ohio Valley Conference teams listed among the nation's best.

"As the new coach at Morehead State, I look forward to the coming season," Head Coach Alan Joseph said. "The competition will be keen, especially in the OVC. I am happy to be among the top-20 NCAA rifle teams. My team is dedicated to continued improvement in 2014-15."

Rybka Announces Retirement As Rifle Coach

May 29, 2014
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Walt Rybka, who spent 20 seasons as the Morehead State rifle coach, recently announced his retirement.

"Coach Rybka has led the rifle program for 20 seasons without fanfare or a lot of attention," Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said. "He's done it with class and done it remarkably well. Filling his shoes will be very difficult. The loyalty he's shown isn't commonplace anymore. I'm grateful for his service and friendship."

MSU's Cole To Compete In NCAA Rifle Championships

Feb 28, 2014
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Morehead State rifle athlete Ethan Cole has been selected to compete as an individual at the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships in the smallbore competition.

The championships will take place March 14-15 at Murray State.

Cole, who is one of just eight individuals to qualify, shot a 581 at the recent NCAA Qualifier at Kentucky.

The junior averaged 575.6 over 10 rounds this season. His qualifier score tied his second best mark of the season.

Rifle Team Competes At OVC Championship

Feb 9, 2014
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The Morehead State rifle team concluded the two-day Ohio Valley Conference Championship with a 2,283 in the air rifle competition to finish in fifth place on Sunday at Pat Spurgin Rifle Range.

The Eagles shot an aggregate score of 4,517, while champion Jacksonville State finished on top in the event with a 4,650.

Junior Ethan Cole was the lone honoree for MSU, as he earned Second-Team All-Conference honors in smallbore. Sophomore Emma Uchida led the Eagles and finished with a personal-best 578 in air rifle.

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The Morehead State rifle team used a season best score in air rifle Saturday (November 2)  to pick up a victory over Virginia Military Institute at Kilbourne Hall.

MSU defeated the Keydets 4,542-4,455 using a 2246 in smallbore and a 2296 in air rifle, while VMI posted scores of 2197 in smallbore and 2258 in air rifle. It marked the third victory in five competitions for the Eagles.

MSU Rifle Team Wins Season Opener

Oct 5, 2013
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The No. 20 Morehead State rifle team defeated Rose-Hulman 4,565-4,453 to open the 2013-14 season Saturday (October 5) at Button Rifle Range.The Eagles tallied a 2289 smallbore score, followed by a 2276 mark in air rifle to combine for 4,565."Our first match of the year is a good starting point for us," said Head Coach Walt Rybka. "I think we have a lot more potential. It was a learning experience for us, and there was some first match jitters."Junior Ethan Cole led the way for MSU as he had a team high 581 in smallbore and a 580 mark in air rifle.