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December 12, 2016
JROTC Rifle Team  
Granbury Marine Corps JROTC rifle team members excelled at the Winter Airgun Championship at the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 2-4, 2016.
Leading the Granbury Rifle team in the three day competition was Kayla Hitshew ranking 34 out of a field of over 180 female competitors and posting a personal best on first day of the contest, which featured over 375 of the best competitors across the nation – including current and former Olympians.
Two other standouts in the competition were Clarissa Layland and Tamara Peters, who both shot in their first national level match. “Both ladies were shooting neck and neck with college shooters,” commented Lt. Col. Scott Casey, the Senior Marine Instructor.  “It was fun to watch them compete at such a high level.”
The action took place at the USA Shooting range on complex as well as temporary ranges inside different U.S. Olympic Training Center facilities. The competition included three separate match days in Men’s and Women’s Air Rifle and Air Pistol, to include junior competition as well. This match was part one of Junior World Team Selections as well as an evaluation of possible candidates to compete in the first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup match in India next year.
“This was the first time for Granbury to compete at the Winter Airgun Championsip, and we were the only high school team to participate,” Casey said.  “This was a great experience for our shooters to shoot shoulder to shoulder with the best in the nation.”
Other Granbury shooters competing at the WAG were John Broughton, Trinity Hathaway, Freeman Hawker, Alie Henry, Brittney Pinckard, Elizabeth Plecity, and Jakob Rankin.
The rifle team will next participate in the State Junior Olympics at Texas Christian University in January.

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