Trinity’s rifle team back at it again

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Trinity’s rifle team back at it again

From last season, Gage Martin and Reese Hickman get set to shoot at their targets.

From last season, Gage Martin and Reese Hickman get set to shoot at their targets.

Mark Marietta

From last season, Gage Martin and Reese Hickman get set to shoot at their targets.

Mark Marietta

Mark Marietta

From last season, Gage Martin and Reese Hickman get set to shoot at their targets.

Trinity’s rifle team is aiming to hit their target of another title, but how will this year stack up to the last? The team has a hopeful outlook on the season, which is rightly deserved being that this co-ed group practices after school Monday through Thursday. They also participate in a pre-season consisting of four scrimmage matches in order to prepare for the season.

This year’s team is led by three incredibly determined veteran coaches, John Husk, John McLaughlin and Katie Kroscko.

Senior Captain Daniel Knizner states, “We lost a good group of seniors last year, but I really believe that our team is still strong.”

The team is divided into relays for the matches. Each match has a fifteen minute timer allowing the participant to shoot ten individual targets with an eleventh as a practice target. However, the practice target does not count toward the final score.

The sport takes intense concentration and skill, which the team has due to the amount of hard work the shooters put into the sport weekly.

Junior Colby Furman adds, “I think a lot of people think rifle isn’t that much of a sport. It takes a lot of skill and it has a unique way that we practice. It’s not like other sports, it is more of a mental kind of sport and it takes a different set of skill than that of a physical sport.”

Having a sharp mind is crucial, especially when a shooter is trying to block out his or her toughest competitors. And just like any other sport, there will undoubtedly be some tough competitors this upcoming season.

Junior Reece Hickman is thinking positive, stating, “I think Woodland Hills might give us a run for our money, but in the end we’ll come out on top.”

Beating their toughest competitors should be easy for this team being that they are experienced, adaptable and skilled.

The next match is December 20th at home against Hempfield. Good luck, give it your best shot!