Wildcats claim 8th consecutive division title / JROTC

Oak Harbor High School’s Wildcat Battalion wrapped up its eighth consecutive JROTC division title with a strong showing at the final regular-season meet Saturday, Feb. 29, at Port Angeles High School.

The Wildcats, an NJROTC unit, claimed the eight-school division crown with the help of finishing first overall this season in four of the eight team categories: armed drill, unarmed drill, precision air rifle and sporter air rifle.

Color guard No. 1 finished second, color guard No. 2 and the academic team nabbed third and physical strength No. 2 placed fourth.

At Port Angeles, Oak Harbor snared first in five team and seven individual competitions.

Winning Wildcat teams were physical strength No. 1, precision air rifle, unarmed drill (Gold), armed drill and sporter air rifle.

Physical strength No. 2 was second; color guard No. 1 third; color guard No. 2 fifth; and unarmed drill (Purple), armed drill (Purple) and academic No. 1 sixth.

Taking first in individual events were Jerome Dones (Gold unarmed commander), Lawrence Zapanta (Gold armed commander), Anthony Herrera (strength team ironman), Lillian Sherwood (sporter), James Hart (precision), Kyle Eckles/Christian Hattaway (dual armed exhibition drill) and Kai Medina/Jiro Evangelista (dual unarmed exhibition drill).

Placing second were Alexis Kunze (precision) and Beau Bayliss (individual armed exhibition drill).

Lindsey Griffith (strength team ironwoman) and Mikhael Zavala (ironman) were third.

Luana Decker (precision) took fourth; and Nathan Swanson (Purple armed commander), Isabelle Moss (Purple unarmed commander), Kunze (ironwoman), Jeremy Lujan (ironman) and Jaedine Cabigting (sporter) were fifth.

Trevor Westman (sporter) and Coen Duda (precision) finished sixth, and Anissa Randolph (sporter) was eighth.

Next up is the 32-team regional championship March 21 at Puyallup’s Rogers High School.