All we ask of our young people is they give life, and all their endeavors, their best shot. So allow us to lead a round of applause for South Mississippi's latest success story -- The Gulfport High School Junior ROTC air rifle team.
Over the weekend they won the SECNAV Junior ROTC Service championship in Anniston, Ala. Jillian Tyler, Ryan Cook, Brittany Robbins and Desia Taylor scored 4,308 points shooting prone, standing and kneeling. Tyler, third overall, and Cook, seventh, each hit 30 bull's eyes. Robbins, eighth, hit 28 and Desia Tyler, 11th, hit 21. They beat 12 teams in the USMC Sporter Category to advance to the All Service Trials at Camp Perry, Ohio, on March 21
Coach Lt. Col John Owens likes his team's chances there. The team, he said, has done something no other Marine Corps team has done -- score more than 4,300 points. Owens said these shooters put in about 15 hours a week, which shows they have the discipline to win the big tournament.
Congratulations are in order for two other South Mississippi teams as well. In the Navy ROTC Sporter Category, Moss Point finished 10th and Picayune Memorial High School finished 11th.
And to Gulfport High, good luck in Ohio.
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