Drill, Rifle teams fair well at meet

Published 2:50 pm Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Results from Saturday’s JROTC competition at Montgomery’s Sidney Lanier High School have not yet been announced, but Col. Alan Hester doesn’t need to see the final tally to know the meet was a success.

Hester said Greenville High School’s Drill Team faired well in its first competition since being formed earlier this year.

“They did a great job,” said Hester, the senior Army instructor at GHS. “They practiced hard the last two months and competed well. I count it as a success.”

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While the final results are still being tallied, Hester said he’s been told the GHS Drill Team likely finished in fifth place out of 12 teams.

Hester said he is excited about what the young squad, which is made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores, will achieve next year.

“We have a two-year plan to reach the point that we are competing at a championship level,” Hester said. “This was our first year. Next year we will have everyone back. I’m excited to see what they will be able accomplish with hard work.”

The Drill Team wasn’t the only group of cadets to stand out at the Sidney Lanier meet.

The Rifle Team scored a season-high 1,007 points to claim fifth place.

In the competition, each of the five shooters had the chance to earn a maximum of 300 points for a team max of 1,500.

“We started the year scoring in the 800s,” Hester said. “Earlier this year in a one-on-one match with Sidney Lanier we scored 937 points. On Saturday we averaged about 200 points per cadet. They did a great job, and like our drill team, there are no seniors.”

The JROTC Color Guard will have the opportunity this Saturday to present the colors prior to the start of the Atlanta Hawks game with the Memphis Grizzlies.

“This is a great opportunity for our Color Guard,” Hester said. “It’s a big stage, but we believe they are ready, and we’re glad that they are going to have the experience to present the colors in front of that many people and in that environment.”

Drill Team members include: Natalie Hester, Jared Tanner, Banes Carlyon, Jonathan Wills, Adam Carstens

Ross Hester, Tony McConnico, Jasani Byrd, Olivia Powell, Shambria Shambray, Anthony Adams, Charles McHone and Bryan Merritt.

Rifle Team (A Team) members include Alex Haire, Jarod Powell, Banes Carlyon, Austin Burgans and Jonathan Wills.

Color Guard members that will present the colors at the Hawks game are Shambria Shambray, Jan’Tejia Scott, Olivia Powell and Leandria Bradley.

Sgt. First Class Reginald Williams, the Army instructor at GHS, coaches the Drill Team and Color Guard, while Hester coaches the Rifle Team.