MIDDLETOWN – Xavier High School’s Riflery Team shows off its hardware after a record-setting season and winning the state championship recently.
From left are rifle coach Aaron King; Mark Wojcicki, ’17, of Kensington; Con Marrinan, ’17, of Oakdale; Michael Lavallee, ’17, of Chester; Tim Hoang, ’16, of Newington; Dylan Lorence, co-captain, ’16, of Rocky Hill; Riley Lyke, ’16, of Higganum; Mike Acampora, ’18, of North Haven; Anthony Dortenzio, ’17, of Southington; Kyle Gardiner, co-captain, ’18, of Portland; Jacob Lagace, ’17, of Moodus; C.J. Sokol, ’19, of Durham; J.R. Fronc, ’16, of Durham; E.J. Hohmann, ’18, of Wallingford; and Andrew Mahr, ’18, of Middletown.
The Falcons had a 5-1 record this season, beating traditional rival Suffield Academy for the first time in six years with a record-high score of 973 (out of 1000). Jacob Lagace tied for highest individual score in team history (199 out of 200).
Xavier won the Quinnipiac Conference for the first time since 2009 and qualified to shoot at the state High School League Championship Shoot-off, where Xavier won for the first time since 2008.
The team’s top five shooters at the state contest were Mike Acampora (198 out of 200), Dylan Lorence, Riley Lyke, Con Marrinan and Kyle Gardiner.
Three Falcons placed in the top 10 shooters in the state: Michael Acampora (third), Dylan Lorence (fourth), and Jacob Lagace (eighth).
Xavier High School currently serves approximately 820 young men from more than 65 cities and towns in Connecticut.