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I hope this article doesn't draw negative attention to their program.

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OnlineAthens.com[/URL]]Rifle team takes aim on competition

Cedar Shoals JROTC tries to create interest in new sports program

By Benjamin Price | Staff Writer | Story updated at 11:07 PM on Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Cedar Shoals High School senior Jeremy Pitts loads a pellet into his air rifle and sets his sights on a one-inch bull's-eye posted 33-feet away.

"Pop."

Pitts checks his accuracy with a telescopic sight mounted on a pole next to his right shoulder. Through the scope he can see his shot was true, landing just a hair inside the tiny bull's-eye. Not bad for one of the better shots on Cedar Shoal's newest competitive team - riflery.

Pitts is one of six students who joined the fledgling team at Cedar Shoals, one of more than 100 schools that fields a Georgia High School Association-sanctioned riflery team.

Although Georgia high schools have fielded competitive teams for decades, riflery remains one of the state's lesser-known prep sports.

More than 1,000 Georgia students competed last year, according to the GHSA, and some area schools like Madison County High maintain winning traditions - the Red Raiders won three state riflery championships in the past 10 years.

Riflery is just getting off the ground at Cedar Shoals, where the squad will compete in its first competitive match Oct. 19 in Nashville, Tenn.

Junior ROTC instructor Tom Evans coaches the squad, made up entirely of JROTC cadets.

The retired Army major and qualified expert marksman found the biggest challenge to start a program was building a gun range from scratch in an old high school gym located on campus.

While some schools have official, Olympic-quality equipment at their ranges, Cedar's team constructed most of its equipment by hand, including cloth-covered target boxes built with wood salvaged from old bleachers. The squad's telescopic sights were donated by the University of Georgia's ROTC program.

"We're in the infancy stage right now and just starting everyday practices, so we're a little behind," Evans said.

But that hasn't dampened interest, he said.

Pitts jumped at the chance to join when he heard Cedar would field the team this year.

"I've been shooting all of my life, so as soon as I heard about it, I said, 'I'll take it up,'" Pitts said.

It didn't take long for Pitts and his teammates to grow addicted to the sport, which he finds relaxing because it requires concentration and patience.

As opposed to firing off rounds in quick succession, players load their Daisy single-shot air rifles with one .177-caliber pellet at a time, and often take 15 to 30 seconds to line up a target. With only an occasional pop from a rifle, the gun range remains almost completely silent as each marksman stands, kneels or lies prone, with trance-like concentration.

For Aaron Stander, riflery offered him the chance to compete in a sport this fall when he was unsure whether he'd be physically able to compete again. He received third-degree burns over much of his chest, arms and back in May when he was shocked by electric lines in an accident.

Stander, the JROTC's battalion commander, was one of the school's top track and cross country runners last year, but he was so weak he could barely run when school started this fall. Riflery required little physical strain and a chance to compete.

"The doctors said no physical sports or activity, and at the beginning of the school year I was very weak," Stander said. "But I wanted to do something with JROTC."

Of the 1,000 competitive marksmen in the state, about a third of them are girls, according to GHSA.

Sophomore Alissa Aiken is the only girl on Cedar's team, and said some of her friends think it's "weird" that she chooses to arrive at school an hour early every day for target practice.

"They think it's kind of weird, but they also think the whole ROTC thing is kind of weird," Aiken said. "My mom was kind of iffy about it, but Dad didn't mind."

School administrators went out of their way to ensure parents that the sport is safe, Evans said. Each student has to pass a gun safety class before he or she can pick up a rifle, and students never are allowed to use the guns or the range without a certified coach present.

"No one gets hurt," Evans said. "We put a lot of effort getting information out there for parents, and (Cedar Principal) Tommy Craft and (Interim Superintendent) James Simms, the board and the whole community has been very supportive."

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 100307
 

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I wish i could pull up some local paper articles for you, but they are long gone off the internet.

I read a story where a young girl from Dahlonega had beaten a record or something like that with her rifle. And White County HS has a good shotgunning team.
 

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actually it is more common than I thought. check out the Civilian Marksmanship Program, established by Congress. You can also buy surplus rifles from them, if you are a member of a shooting club.

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I shot varsity rifle team for my school back in high school.

I've been to Cedar Shoal for a Raider competition...they have a really nice course.

Most of the JROTC programs [at least in the Atlanta/north metro/suburbs] have a rifle team.
 

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I think it is absolutely fantastic that such programs exist. However, I can't believe the left-wingers haven't put the smack-down on it.

COMPLETELY OFF TOPIC but since I started this thread, I can hi-jack it. I was in Clyde yesterday and they were unloading and checking in a shipment of stuff. Included in this shipment was a huge $8,000 Barrett. Holy Crap!!! I don't know the first thing about these weapons but dang it looked mean.

Also noticed used Glocks were $100 off. They had a few second gen G22s and G17s and maybe some others for $349-399 minus $100. They had some wear but I am sure would make a great first or backup weapon for the cash strapped. Used Sigs were $50, prices varied. Again, they had some wear and were not CPOs. At this point I had a new G21SF in my hand. I had been thinking of selling/trading my second gen G22 to get one. After seeing those prices I figured out really quickly that was not going to be an option. My G22 is in much better condition and has new Trijs but I still would never get enough to be worth the difference. It will remain a keeper for now.
 

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GMC (georgia military college) here in milledgeville, its really a private middle school, high school, and 2 yr college combined into one campus they have rifle teams in the middle school and the high school
 

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All rifle team mean for my JROTC was taking some beat-up demilled garands around the parking lot and doing exhibition drill.

I would have killed to do something like this in JROTC.
 

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Viper, they call that drill team.
We got the "rifle team" ribbon for participation on it. Drill team for us didn't involve guns.

Of course I was in Air Force JROTC, I'm guessing you were in Army JROTC?
 

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I think that just absolutely rocks!

Rifle teams in HS. Wow... :woohoo:

And speaking of hijacking a thread... :eek:fftopic:

If people who belong to a "gun club" can buy from the CMP, what would it take to get GCO certified as a "gun club" allowing said purchases?

Some of those surplus beauties are really sweet.....!

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I think that just absolutely rocks!

Rifle teams in HS. Wow... :woohoo:

And speaking of hijacking a thread... :eek:fftopic:

If people who belong to a "gun club" can buy from the CMP, what would it take to get GCO certified as a "gun club" allowing said purchases?

Some of those surplus beauties are really sweet.....!

:wink:
Get your C&R...it works.
 
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