By Lars Dalseide | April 23 2011 12:10

From the News and Tribune in Jefferson, Indiana:

A real bull’s-eye: New Albany rifle team wins state, has strong national showing

NEW ALBANY — New Albany High School has a rich athletic tradition. There are too many success stories to list, but there is one that stands out like a sore thumb.

The school’s rifle team.

New Albany has fielded a rifle team for more than 70 years, but this year’s squad accomplished something that no other had in the previous seven decades. The team of eight brought home the Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association Championship, which was April 10 in Fort Wayne.

“[It’s huge] considering four years ago we didn’t have the equipment to shoot at that level,” said NJROTC Master Sgt. Lyn Akermon, one of the team’s coaches. “We have received contributions from the community and the NRA [National Rifle Association] has helped us out.”

The rifles for precision shooting, which is what New Albany competes in, cost about $2,000 each. Throw in other necessary equipment and it costs about $3,000 per shooter. All of the money was raised by the team. The school provides practice space and transportation to matches.

The rifle team is sponsored by the school’s NJROTC program and the entire squad is cadets. Besides winning state this year, the team finished ninth out of 3,000 eligible schools in a national All-Services competition last month in Alabama.

Read the entire piece on the News & Tribune website.

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