Bradley’s JROTC rifle team takes first place
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 17, 2013 | 1059 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BCHS JROTC RIFLE TEAM, from left, Gurstle Buckner, Miricle Peels and Montana Hill (kneeling) celebrate with Senior Army Instructor Lt. Col. Chris Ingle, Mark Johns, Misty Jackson and Matt Smith.
BCHS JROTC RIFLE TEAM, from left, Gurstle Buckner, Miricle Peels and Montana Hill (kneeling) celebrate with Senior Army Instructor Lt. Col. Chris Ingle, Mark Johns, Misty Jackson and Matt Smith.
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Bradley Central High School JROTC’s rifle team placed first in the regional Mid-East Tennessee Rifle League competition, a feat that left their instructor, Lt. Col. Chris Ingle, in shock.

To gain this distinction the team scored 1,000 points and outscored nine teams. It is the teams first year competing.

The team did not even have to hear their name announced to know they were they winner.

Freshman Misty Jackson said the cadets had added up their scores and knew they had 1,000 points before the winners were announced.

“We were kind of surprised we got 1,000,” junior Matt Smith said.

When it was announced that the second-place team had 998 points, the BCHS team shooters knew they had taken first.

Each tournament has multiple matches. Smith said the team did not do very well in the first three matches, but excelled from there.

“I can’t even imagine how good we are going to be next year,” Smith said.

Ingle said the BCHS team was up against schools that had teams for the past 30 years.

Sophomore Miricle peels said she was “completely nervous” because this was her first time competeing.

Jackson said many of the other cadets competing were older than her and had been competing for a lot longer. Jackson actually scored the most points of the tournament, finishing with a 262 out of 300 score. Ingle said the competition does not give an individual award for the top shooter at the event.

“I’m going to try to get that changed for next year,” Ingle said.

Junior student Matt Smith was recognized for having the highest season score in the prone position.

Aside from when the .177 -pellet compressed air rifles were going off the competition was very quiet. Each cadet worked to keep their heart rate down and their aim steady.

“There are a lot of people and everybody’s watching you,” Smith said. “It makes you kind of nervous.”

In preparation for the event, cadets worked on controlling their breathing. They also tried to eat a healthy breakfast and listened to advice from Ingle.

This is the program’s first year to have an organized team. Cadets were excited about the addition to the JROTC program.

“Since I have a lot of experience with guns ... I was pretty excited,” Jackson said.

Although not a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, rifle shooting is an Olympic sport. The BCHS rifle team members plan to participate in the Junior Olympic trials next month.