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|Radford Air Riflery|
Radford HS Air Riflery Shoots to Complete Season Well
(Fri) October 26, 2007
Zach Mulrenin (Radford High School)
riflery members practice their
sharpshooting skills daily afterschool.
Photo by Zach Mulrenin
It is that time of year. The time of year when
students explode with school spirit to support the football team, fund raise for
the volleyball team, and observe in awe the acrobatic feats of the cheerleaders
as they compete for the championships. However, less celebrated is the Air Riflery
Air Riflery is not known for its ability to
entertain, explaining why it may not be as popular at Radford High School
as other sports. Nonetheless, its
members practice daily for several hours on their shooting skills in order to
Concentration plays a large role in aiming and
holding the gun steady. “It’s a very
competitive sport,” said Natasha Escamilla (10). The sport is pretty straightforward. An athlete
is equipped with a gun, and the goal is to score higher than the opponent by
firing a projectile from the gun and landing it as close to the center, or
bullseye, as possible. The shooter may fire only 30 shots; 10 shots while prone
(laying down), 10 shots while standing, and 10 shots while kneeling. The
maximum score possible is 300 points per shooter. In order to keep scores fair,
only the top five shooters for each gender are used to calculate a team’s final
“My first year was pretty challenging, but after
a year of shooting, you become much more comfortable,” said Lance Gergner (10).
Everyday after school, from 3-5 p.m., shooters
practice honing their skills on the range to defeat the competition.
“People say its really easy and all you do is
shoot a gun, but it’s actually...hard,” said Michael Forgue (11). “[It]
requires you to stay calm which is harder than most people think.”
More than halfway through the season, the Air Riflery
team has had its share of difficulties. Currently, this year’s season has the
team at three wins and three losses, making them hard-pressed to win the last
two matches of the season in order to rank well in the district.