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Team Biographies


Loet Van Hoven

2nd Year Grizzlie
Age: 14
Classification: Marksman
Hometown: San Rafael, CA
School: Terra Linda High School
Interests: I have been shooting since age 8 at my hometown range, Richmond Rod and Gun Club. Besides shooting, I enjoy dirt bike riding, mountain biking, & golfing.


Nathaniel Nye

2nd Year Grizzlie
Age: 14
Classification: Marksman
Hometown: Twain Harte, CA
School: Freshman High School
Interests: Hiking, Camping and Eating


Andrew Miller

2nd Year Grizzlie
Age: 15
Classification: Sharpshooter
Hometown: Fallbrook, CA
School: Freshman at Fallbrook High School
Interests: Hunting, Fishing, Camping, being outside as much as possible and doing metal work


Levi Ichord

2nd Year Grizzlie
Age: 15
Classification: Sharpshooter
Hometown: Waterford, CA

School: Freshman Oakdale High School

Interests: Hunting, football and ranching


Justin George

2nd Year Grizzlie
Age: 16
Classification: Expert
Hometown: Corcoran, CA
School: Corcoran High School

Interests: Shooting, football, basketball, and weightlifting


Miles Grove

2nd Year Grizzlie
Age: 16
Classification: Expert
Hometown: Davis, CA
School: Davis Senior High School
Interests: Enjoys math, engineering and hopes to study engineers in college. Likes hiking & playing computer games with friends


Jacob "Jake" Nelson

5th Year Grizzlie
Age: 17
Classification: Nationally Distinguished Master
Hometown: Escondido, CA
Interests: Shooting, Listening to music and Woodshop


Josh Bick

4th Year Grizzlie
Age: 17
Classification: Expert
School: Senior at Connections Academy of Visual and Performing Arts with Summerville High School District

I play the Saxophone for the Orange Crush Band, and take AP & advanced courses in History & Automotive Mechanics. I plan to go to college to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering so I can achieve my dream of being a weapons engineer.


Peter Tidball

4th Year Grizzlie
Age: 18
Classification: Expert
Hometown: Jamestown, CA
School: Senior at Sonora High School

I plan on following my goal of becoming a high master before I leave Junior status. In addition to the team, I participate heavily in 4-H and also am an avid hunter.


Harry Swift

4th Year Grizzlie
Age: 18

Classification: Expert

Hometown: El Sobrante, CA

School: Senior at De Anza High School

Interests: High power rifle, hunting, boxing,& video games


Forrest Greenwood

5th Year Grizzlie
Member of the Under 25 Team competing in the World Matches 2015
Age: 18
Classification: Nationally Distinguished High Master

Hometown: Ceres, CA

Interests: I started the junior program at Modesto Rifle Club when I was eight. I graduated the Winchester/ NRA Qualification program in January of 2011 as a distinguished expert. I still enjoy doing my smallbore competitions and I have started to shoot the outdoor smallbore and have done very well in that. I also enjoy hunting in California and out of state, especially antelope in Montana with my dad and our friends.


Morgan William Owen

6th Year Grizzlie
Age: 19
Classification: Nationally Distinguished Master
Hometown: Sonora

School: Freshman at California State University, Monterey Bay

I enjoy running cross country in the Sierra Nevada & am always finding new ways to improve in high power shooting.


Robert Taylor II - Grizzly Coach

Hometown: Jamestown, CA
Occupation: Law Enforcement

State Coach, Former Grizzlie, and Nationally Distinguished High Master

Numerous awards nationally


Chad Kurgan - Grizzly Coach

Hometown: Murphys, CA
California Grizzly from 2003-2010
Nationally Distinguished High Master #1962
California Distinguished Rifleman
FIRING MEMBER OF THE 2009 NATIONAL CHAMPION-NTIT (RATTLE BATTLE) COMPETITION
THE ELIHU ROOT MEDAL (TOP SIX CIVILIAN SHOOTERS) -2010
President's 100: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
Co-Holder of 5 National Individual Records
Holder of 8 National Individual Records
Firing member -Holder of 10 National Team Records
M1A Springfield Match-2007 Inaugural Junior Champion
4 Junior California State Championships
2011 Service Rifle Champion
Canadian-American Long Range Junior Champion
Member 792 Club
Member 495 Club
Interests: HighPower Coaching, Cross-country flights, Inspirational films and books


Jim O'Connell - Grizzly Coach

Dirk Seeley - Grizzly Coach

Hometown: Chowchilla, CA

Our 'rock' at Perry. "I first went to Perry in 2001, I didn't do much coaching at first. Eventually I started coaching the 4 man team and the next year both the 4 man and 6 man at Perry. I often don't feel I do much, the kids are usually really up to speed because of all the work Jim, Robert, Chad and all the others do. So in the big matches all I have to do is keep them calm and on track."


Wayne Fenner - Former Grizzly Coach

President California Grizzlies State Team
PR Representative


John Henderson - Junior Team Armourer

Nationally Distinguished Master, President's 100

I have been working with, customizing, assembling & competing with the AR-15 rifle since 1979! For a few years I even co-owned a shop that built custom AR's & shipped all over the country. My first few builds were for varmint hunting & involved machining off handle to mount scopes for shooting ground squirrels. Then a few years later I was making parts for ARs to make them into match rifles in the early 90's.

My son was on the Grizzlies involving me that much more with the team. The AR is the perfect rifle for a Junior team, easy to work on & maintain. In 2005 I went to Perry with my M-1A. I love the old wood stocked rifles & shoot them in CMP matches, but for the kids there is no way you could have a team of this depth with .30 cal Rifles. I switched to the little A2 & my scores went up & up the more I shot & tested, the more I proved to myself that this AR was the way to go, Bullet Button and all.

I am so proud of the Grizzlies & the Adults the program turns out, the AR-15 rifle is the conduit to the team's performance. I assemble parts, diagnose troubles, change barrels & do what I can to help the Juniors with their rifles, but the bottom line is they have to care & maintain the rifle they compete with. I am an armorer for the team & do not consider myself a Gun Smith. A Gun Smith can make parts from scratch & operate a variety of machine shop tools. I Change a lot of parts, order parts & identify when things are worn-out.


Lynn R. Bahten

Hometown: Jamestown
Classification: Den Mom!

9th year at perry as team mom!

Goals:

Other Info: "It is my pleasure to work with and to help these young adults. It is great to watch them grow with each year. They are our future, we all need to do what we can to help them grow up to be smart, responsible adults."


Connie Taylor

Hometown: Sonora, CA

19th year at the National Matches and 21 years working with the juniors

Interests:I enjoy my own children and grandchildren besides working with all the juniors involved in the junior program. I have been involved since my own sons were juniors in the program. There are so many fine young adults who have evolved out of this program.
Goals: To see that everything and everyone is taken care of so they might better be able to focus on shooting the best they can. To see that these young people turn in to the best adults they can be when they come out of the program, both on and off the range since they are our future.

We have seen young adults go from the Grizzlies team in to the Citadel, AMU, Air Force Academy, and Annapolis. Many have graduated college and some have gone in to law enforcement or just helping to coach other youth new in to the shooting program. Each one is as important as the other.


Wanda Greenwood

Hometown: Ceres, CA

She is a big supporter and important team mom of the Grizzlies. She has volunteered her time besides at Nationals as Team mom and chaperone at Camp O'Connell in June for a week. She has been at Camp Perry going on 5 years helping take care of the juniors , meals, grocery shopping and laundry amongst all else.


Former Grizzlies

Hugh "Conar" Braly

Age: 19
Hometown: Copperopolis, CA

Classification: Master

Going to Annapolis after a year training with Navy to become a nuclear tech in aerospace in SC


Sagen Maddalena

Classification: High Master/Distinguished Rifleman
Age: 21
Hometown: Groveland, CA
School: Sophomore at University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Major: BS Natural Resources Management Forestry

Member of the Alaska Nanooks

Member of National US Shooting Team and competed in the 2014 World Championships

"Where ever you are, be all there!"


Shawn Bharadwaj

Age: 20
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
Classification: Master
School: Sophomore at University of San Diego , doing Business & majoring in Finance

Interests: Aside from shooting, I enjoy playing the guitar, swimming, hiking and going to the beach. I love to read and have a large collection of books related to shooting among other things.

Goals: To become a High master and go Distinguished . I will be graduating this year from High School and want to go to the University of San Diego and study to become an engineer.


Kevin Tandoc

Age: 21
Hometown: Stevenson Ranch, CA
Classification: Nationally Distinguished Master

Navy


Bradley Pappageorge

Age: 20
Hometown: Copperopolis, CA
Classification:Master


Jim Minturn

Age: 22 Classification: High Master/Marine Corp Distinguished Rifleman

Law Enforcement


Anthony Henderson

Nationally Distinguished High Master

I graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in molecular cell & developmental biology. I work for Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc. as a research associate. I'm currently working on a vaccine project. I would like to see what is out there in other areas of biology such as wildlife & watershed management. This would be by continuing education or finding a job that would relate to my other interest. In my off time I enjoy hunting, fishing, of course shooting, biking, hiking and anything that is active.


Lauren White

I've been at Seven Sisters for almost 8 years, and have two small side jobs to help pay for rent and flight school. I got my pilots license in 2008, my instrument rating last year, and I'm finishing my commercial rating in three weeks. Once I have that I will be employable as a pilot, but I plan on obtaining my flight instructor rating to build hours and get out of the restaurant business. My goals are to establish a career in aviation and eventually move to the San Diego area. Other than that, I still play drums, shoot, and will look for any excuse to see live music. I miss my Grizzly family!


Blake Eames

Since leaving the California Grizzlies I have joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in the summer of 2012. After my completion of training I began pursuing a degree in business management at Purdue University while also working towards an officer commission in the Marine Corps. The team, coaches, and everyone involved with the Grizzlies have given me immeasurable help in both military and educational aspects of my life. Without them I am positive I would still be the same immature 14 year old I was when I first stepped on the firing line. For those that are just starting the program (or life style I should say), my advice to you would be to buckle up and prepare for some of the most fun you will have in your adolescents. In no other sport will you find the atmosphere present in service rifle competition. Hold tight!


Jake Kulik

Age: 19
Classification: Expert
Hometown: Mi Wuk Village, CA

Freshman at the University of Nevada


Sophie Christensen

Age: 19

Classification: Expert

Sophomore at Fresno State


Sean Depolo

Age: 20
Classification: Expert
Hometown: Escondido, CA

Sophmore at UC Berkeley


Kasey Nelson

Age: 20
Classification:Nationally Distinguished Master
Hometown: Escondido

Junior at Palomar College, Nursing


Hollie Swenson

Age: 20
Hometown: Mi Wuk Village
Classification: Master

Idaho


Lane Ichord

Age: 20
Classification: Nationally Distinguished Master
Hometown: Waterford, CA

Army Marksmanship Unit


Dylan Lyons

Age: 20
Classification: Master

Going to Columbia College & working