With four wins already under its belt this season, Enterprise High School’s JROTC rifle team is proving that it is a force to be reckoned with on the shooting range.
The Wildcats competed against Greenville High School in a match on their home turf Wednesday afternoon, having secured wins against Pike, Rehobeth, and Carroll high schools earlier this year. According to veteran JROTC rifle instructor John Albrecht, both EHS’s precision and sporter rifle teams have shown the fruits of their talent, hard work, and dedication in each of their competitions thus far.
“The first week we shot against Pike, and we beat them 1072 to 933,” Albrecht said. “Our second team we shot up against was Rehobeth, and we beat them 1043 to 993, and then we shot against Carroll High School and we beat them 1042 to 777. Today my kids are shooting in the match, but they’re also heading it up.”
Albrecht said that EHS’s rifle team is comprised of motivated, well-equipped individuals who are just as much teachers as they are students.
“They do all the training. I teach safety, but it’s their legacy, and that’s the way I work it,” Albrecht said. “They learn what it takes to succeed, then they pass it on to the new kids coming on board, and it’s pretty much their program. In a lot of cases, these folks will come down and they’ll want my kids to give their kids a class, so my kids hold clinics a lot of times to work with other kids and show them the proper way of shooting.”
Albrecht’s training and encouragement has obviously paid off, too -- the Wildcats defeated Greenville in Wednesday’s match with a score of 1,073 to 841. Enterprise’s top shooters in the competition were sporter team captain Trinitee Nez, Justin Casteel, Zaidee Lerma, and MacKenzie Spence.
EHS JROTC’s new senior army instructor, Col. Dennis Griffin, said that the high school’s JROTC program does the school proud every day.
“The program is a world-class program. They’ve been recognized nationally over the last several years and throughout the existence of the program,” Griffin said. “We began competition with the rifle team the first of the year; we’re currently 3-0 as a rifle team competing with local high schools in the Southeast. We competed this past weekend in Millbrook at Stanhope Elmore High School and competed really well as a program, so overall I think we’re off to a great start, and I hope to continue to see great things from the students here at the high school.”