Bears Take Home Several MAC Post Season Awards

Seth Strayer
Seth Strayer

NEW LONDON, Conn. --  The Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC) has recognized outstanding performance by Coast Guard rifle shooters at its annual meeting.

The Bears went undefeated in conference and swept the MAC Championship, in both team and individual events, and that success was reflected when seven cadets were named to the All Conference Smallbore Team. Sophomores Seth Strayer, who had the conference season-high average, Grayson Wheeler, and Hunter Blankenship, along with freshman Bryce Sturtz were named to the first team. Senior Marshall Grant and freshman Dalton Stoves were second team selections while sophomore Aidan Uvanni received honorable mention.

All-Conference Air Rifle Team members followed the same pattern, Sturtz, conference season high average for the year, Strayer, Wheeler, and Blankenship were members of the first team, Grant and Stoves second team and Uvanni honorable mention.

Sturtz, Stoves, and Cody Meyers were All-Rookie Team selections as Sophomore Anthony Contreras, Grant, Strayer, and Uvanni were named to the MAC All-Academic Team. Additionally, Contreras, Grant, Strayer, Uvanni, and Sturtz were selected as Scholar All-Americans by the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association.

Head Shooting Sports coach Richard Hawkins was named the MAC Coach of the Year, being cited for his integrity, professional knowledge, development of student athletes, and contributions to the sport.

Assistant Rifle Coach Hap Rocketto was presented with the  Robert S. Ketzner Service award for his dedication to the sport of rifle, his institution, his student athletes, and the MAC. Rocketto was also elected to serve as the president of the MAC for the 2019-20 competitive season.