|Summer Rifle Camp|
|Written by Steve Harris and Lyn Akermon|
|Wednesday, 29 August 2012 08:51|
By Steve Harris and Lyn Akermon
Co-Coaches New Albany High School Rifle Team
The New Albany High School Rifle Team had another great year. Thanks to a supportive school administration we were able to travel to several away matches including the Montgomery Bell Invitational in Nashville, TN, the NJROTC Area 3/Gary Anderson Invitational at Camp Perry, the Navy JROTC National Championship at Camp Perry, OH and the All-Service JROTC National at the CMP South in Anniston, AL.
The precision team continued to better their scores and placement and the highlight of the year was the 3rd place finish at the Navy Nationals. This is our highest place finish in a national championship since the program was reorganized around five years ago.
Pictured are (L-R) front row; Maria Ortiz and Caleigh McLean, back row; Luke Rhoades, Clay Evans, Caleb Hardin, Noah Elliott, Brandon Longacre and Michael Charbonneau. Not present (attending Standing Camp) Alex Davis, Callie Carr and Sam Harris.
The key to New Albany's rise has been attendance at the CMP summer air rifle camps. This is the third year that the team has been able to send shooters to the summer camp. In addition to the eight shooters attending the 3-Pos camp we were also fortunate enough to send three shooters to the Advanced Standing camp. With the support of our school administration additional money was provided at the last minute that made all of this possible. In addition to the support we received from the school administration we also received necessary funding from several prior rifle team members and friends of the program. Prior team member Mr. Bill Calfee, that many of you may know from his work with rimfire benchrest shooting and his book "The Art of Rimfire Accuracy", auctioned off a signed copy of his book to benefit the team. Mr. Calfee was a member of the team in the early 60's and was there during the New Albany's championship run of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. A total of eleven shooters went to camp which composed our sporter, precision B and precision A teams.
Our sister school Floyd Central attended 3-Pos camp again this year with a record number of seven shooters. The Floyd Central Sporter Rifle Team under the leadership of NJROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Ben Gipe USMC (Ret.) and Floyd County Police Officer Jason Jones has quickly become a top rated sporter team. They won the Indiana State 3-Pos Sporter Championship this year. They too credit the CMP camps with helping with their rise to the top. The level of instruction at the camps is top rate. Some of the nation's top college shooters work as counselors. New Albany was fortunate to have Texas Christian University shooter, fellow Hoosier and NCAA National Champion team member Sarah Beard work with our 3-Pos campers. In addition to Sarah NCAA runner up University of Kentucky shooter Ed Ryznar worked with them as well. Our Advanced campers were coached by UK's Ethan Settelmires and Jonathan Pinkel and Sarah Beard. The camp was again lead by ex-Olympic Coach and medalist Dan Durbin. It would be hard to imagine any shooter receiving better instruction. Indiana Junior Champion Sarah Nakata from Indianapolis was also present and represented our state well.
It is a good feeling to see Indiana being represented at these top level camps. It has been a while since we have seen college shooters from Indiana coaching our high school shooters. With this level of involvement shooting in Indiana can only improve. As leaders in the shooting sports it is our job to provide quality shooting experiences for our juniors. The CMP has done an excellent job of setting the standard for excellence when it comes to youth marksmanship programs. If we can't keep juniors involved then our sport will fade away.