The Marine Corps JROTC rifle team
from Granbury High School participated in the Civilian Marksmanship Program
Junior Rifle Camps on July 13-17, 2015, at the Hill Country Shooting Sports
Center in Kerrville to hone skills for the upcoming season.
“Out of the 11 GHS cadets
participating in the camp, five cadets placed in the top ten,” said Lt. Col.
Scott Casey, the Senior Marine Instructor.
Two of Granbury’s shooters
made it to the finals round (top eight) and ended up medaling. Cody Bogle held
his lead in the match and retained his first place medal shooting a 101.3 in
the finals, while Kayla Hitshew finished in third place with a 96.5 in the
finals missing the silver medal by only 1.1 point.
“All of the cadets shot a
personal best in either a single position or overall score in the camp during
the week,” Casey commented. “This camp has
prepared the team for another successful year. I fully expect the skills we
honed this week will set us up for another run at nationals.”
The CMP sponsors a popular
series of Junior Air Rifle Camps and Clinics each summer to teach intermediate
and advanced rifle marksmanship skills to junior shooters and their adult
leaders. During the camp, shooters are coached and counseled by Olympians and
members of collegiate rifle teams and also trained in various exercises and
training routines as well as nutrition techniques, mental relaxation techniques,
rifle maintenance, and the psychology of shooting.
The camp culminated with a
CMP-sanctioned match featuring sixty shooters.
GHS cadets were assisted by
camp counselors Brandon Muske from Jacksonville State University and Soren
Butler from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The Granbury team’s first
match of the season will be on September 12-13 at Lubbock High School.
Team members include: Granbury High School – Cody Bogle, Trinity
Hathaway, Freeman Hawker, Christopher Hitshew, Kayla Hitshew, Grant Kinser, Katherine
Lambert, Tyler Morrissette, Brittney Pinckard; Crossland Ninth Grade
Center – Ethan Patterson, Elizabeth Plecity, Jakob Rankin.
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