Bradley Central’s JROTC rifle team shoots to win
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BCHS JROTC rifle team members pose with the trophies they earned at their most recent competition. Their instructor, Chris Ingle, said the wins mean Bradley Central High’s team is “the best team in the league.”
BCHS JROTC rifle team members pose with the trophies they earned at their most recent competition. Their instructor, Chris Ingle, said the wins mean Bradley Central High’s team is “the best team in the league.”
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The Bradley Central High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps rifle team saw several wins at its competition on Feb. 8.

Senior Army Instructor Chris Ingle said the JROTC team shot a tournament and league record score of 1046 to win back-to-back championship titles.

“I cannot begin to tell you all how proud I am of this team,” Ingle said. “It was the single best performance I've ever been a part. To give you an idea of just how good they are, our winning score last year was an even 1000 with the second place team shooting a 998. This year, we shot a 1046, and second place [Red Bank High School] shot a 1006.” 

Last year, BCHS student Misty Jackson was the top shot with a score of 262. This year, it was Matt Smith with a 272, including a tournament-best 97 prone and 90 standing. Garrett Chastain was third overall and had the tournament’s best kneeling target score — 94.

“He's only a sophomore, and this is his first year on the team,” Ingle said.

Montana Hill had the tournament's second-best prone target score, 95, and Nathaniel Mood had a third-best kneeling target score of 90.

Smith and Hill also took home some season awards too. Smith took the second place "prone" trophy and was in the fifth place overall. Hill took the 2d overall season-long trophy and 2d place kneeling.

“Montana is just a sophomore, so she is way ahead of her time and experience level,” Ingle said. “The only person to beat her overall combined score this year was Red Bank's commander ... and she's a senior and has been shooting for four years.”

She ultimately earned a score 260 while shooting in the tournament.

Ingle said students Miricle Peels and Nathaniel Moody shot a bit lower than their average, but both received scores of 251 that were still “very good.”

Evan Venis, the team’s sixth practice shooter and hit 248. Though he missed the last target, he still shot a score of 78 standing shooting.

“For the season, we finished 9-1, with the one loss only to Red Bank, but I think we proved ... that we were easily the best team in the league,” Ingle said.