McGuffey’s Dunn Repeats as WPIAL Rifle Individual Champion

Friday, February 10, 2023

Canonsburg, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) held its 26th annual WPIAL Rifle Individual Championships on Thursday at Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club in Canonsburg, with 82 student-athletes from 19 different schools competing. McGuffey junior Riley Dunn emerged as the champion for the second straight year, posting a score of 200-19x with five center targets.

Dunn becomes the third student-athlete to win multiple WPIAL rifle individual championships, joining Avella’s Rob Gagliani (2007, 2008, 2009) and Waynesburg Central’s Selena Phillips (2018, 2019). Last year, she became the fifth different rifle individual champion from McGuffey, alongside Rebekah Ashbrook (2008), John Hupp (2011), West Lauff (2005), and Joe Nuzum (2006).

LINK: 2023 WPIAL Rifle Individual Championship Results

Bethel Park’s Frederick Mach claimed silver with a score of 200-18x and five center targets, while Trinity’s Bria Bruce had the tiebreaker in a three-way deadlock for the bronze, as her eight center targets on a score of 200-17x earned her the edge.

Medals were given to the top 16 finishers and each of them earned qualification for state competition. Following Dunn, Mach, and Bruce on the leaderboard were Trinity’s Elizabeth Engle (200-17x), Butler’s Brady Stewart (200-17x), McGuffey’s Rachael Cox (200-16x), Trinity’s Parker Miller (200-16x), Washington’s Chelsea Patrick (200-16x), Butler’s Hayleigh Gorog (200-16x), West Green’s JLin Scott (200-15x), Armstrong’s Owen Hillegass (200-15x), Mt. Lebanon’s JT Westwood (200-15x), Bethel Park’s Gianni LaMolinare (200-15x), Butler’s Luke Frazier (200-14x), Hempfield’s Brooke Fanala (200-14x), and Avella’s Kelly Doman (200-14x).

Prior to the awards ceremony, Mt. Lebanon’s JT Westwood and the Penn-Trafford duo of Seth Baughman and Carlee Valenta were recognized for posting perfect seasons in WPIAL competition.

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