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October 30, 2015
The Granbury Marine Corps JROTC set a new school record during the precision air rifle contest at the 10th Annual William J. Bordelon Air Rifle Tournament and the Civilian Marksmanship Program State Championship Tournament at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio on October 24-25, 2015.
The team shot a record-breaking 2313 to place second in the competition just three points behind the Hill Country Shooting Club.
"I am very proud of every member of this team. From top to bottom, everyone is working hard and getting better,” commented Lt. Col. Scott Casey, the Senior Marine Instructor. “This competition was against the best 150 shooters in Texas and the largest high school sponsored air rifle event in South Texas and they proved they can compete under pressure.”
Three sophomores were standouts in the competition. Kayla Hitshew (pictured above) placed second in the state competition and set a new school record with 687.5. Brittney Pinckard achieved a personal best and made it to finals for the first time in her career, while Grant Kinser put up big numbers and set new career marks while leading the sporter team to finish ninth among thirty teams.
Joining Hitshew and Pinckard on the precision team were Cody Bogle, Freeman Hawker, Trinity Hathaway, Chris Hitshew, Kate Lambert, and Tyler Morrissette. Shooting on the sporter team was Kinser, Ethan Patterson, Elizabeth Plecity, and Jakob Rankin.
Also in October, the precision team posted a 3-0 record in National Air Rifle League virtual events with wins over Dallastown Marine Corps JROTC from Pennsylvania, Parlier Navy JROTC from California, and Fountain Fort Carson Air Force JROTC from Colorado. Bogle was the led shooter again Dallastown and Fountain Fort Carson, while Hawker won top marks against Parlier.
Meanwhile, the sporter team defeated Mandeville Marine Corps JROTC from Louisiana and Dallastown in NARL events. The squad, with a team record of 2-1, had a single loss to Fontana Marine Corps JROTC from California. Kinser was the top shooter for all three contests.
Pictured above is the rifle team at the Central Catholic competition.