Yesterday the North Forsyth High School Rifle Team opened its 2018-2019 season in a match against Centennial High School. Led by Junior Madison Foradori, who earned 283 points, the Raider Rifles won the match by a score of 1112 to 1069.
The Rifle Team Coach, Major Mac Kelly (Senior JROTC Instructor) said that this year’s season has begun two months earlier than previous shooting seasons. Maj Kelly said, “In order to give our shooters additional opportunities to shoot, this year the season much longer—early Nov through the end of April. We began practice in Sep——that is a very long season! It is a challenge to keep student athletes motivated and focused for 8 months.”
In addition to their regular season, last year the Raider Rifles participated in the Marine Corps JROTC National Rifle Competition in Alabama, and in the Georgia State Championship at Ft. Benning. They hope to be one of the schools who earns the right to go to these competitions again this year. “The Marine JROTC Nationals are in Arizona this year. We will not only have to shoot well enough to qualify for the invitation, we will also have to raise sufficient funds to travel half way across the country…. Let’s hope for the best”, said Maj Kelly.
Marksmanship is a demanding sport. The team practices in the mornings from 0630-0800. Arriving at school that early requires a commitment from the entire family, especially for the students who do not drive. Maj Kelly said, “Sometimes I think that shooters parents deserve the athletic letter more than the students! We try to make sure the students understand and appreciate their parents’ efforts.”
North Forsyth’s next Rifle Match is on 29 Nov.