Two competitive shooters from Iredell County won their first national championship in the junior division of the NRA National High Power Championships on Aug. 8-13 in Camp Perry, Ohio.
Robert Beazley, 16, of Mooresville and Isaac London, 17, of Troutman were part of the N.C. Rifle and Pistol Association's Team Tar Heels, which also included Robin Frazier of Chapel Hill and Patrick McCraw of Asheville.
The team won the Rumbold Trophy Team Match, a four-member civilian team high-power rifle match, edging a California team by one point.
Beazley and London also placed eighth in the Whistler Boy High Power Trophy Match, a two-person team match. Mary London, 16, of Troutman and Joey Landes, 18, of Mooresville placed 14th. Joey's brother, James Landes, 16, also competed.
Beazley, an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 173 in Mount Mourne, recently received the President's Volunteer Service Award for completing 100 hours of community service in a year. He is a member of the National Honor Society at Lake Norman High School, plays lacrosse and wrestles. He is a member of the Lake Norman High Power Club, coached by John Friglietti and Bob Wallace.
In shooting, Beazley won match rifle junior champion in the recent N.C. Midrange State Championships in Butner.
Isaac, a senior, and Mary London, a junior, attend South Iredell High School. Both are members of the school's Marine Corps Junior ROTC program, where they are on the drill and rifle team, and both run on the school's cross county team. This year, Isaac will be a commanding officer of the Junior ROTC.
Isaac is a member of the Beta Club. He also is a Life Scout (one step below Eagle) with Troop 348 in Statesville and a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow. In shooting, he was recently the junior champion in the Snowbird Classic Service Rifle Competition in Melbourne, Fla.
Mary swims and runs track for South Iredell. In shooting, she finished second among juniors in the Snowbird Classic Service Rifle Competition.
Mary and Isaac volunteer with the NRA Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program and are active in youth activities at Western Avenue Baptist Church. Mary is also a Venturer Scout with Crew 378 of Statesville.
Joey Landes majors in mechanical engineering with a motor sports emphasis at UNCCharlotte. His brother James is a junior at South Iredell High, where he plays golf, swims and is a member of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC Drill Team and Color Guard.