Members of the LRHS JROTC rifle team

Faith Miller – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thursday the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) rifle team competed at the LRHS-hosted county rifle meet at Manatee High School (MHS).

The rifle team involves two shooting teams, the A-team and B-team. The A-team did not place, and the B-team earned third place.

Rifle team member and battalion executive officer senior Cordelia Ramsden is a shooter on the A-team.

“Yesterday we all shot well, however, the pressure got to some of the older shooters which is unusual for our team. I think we will do much better next time,” she said.

The Rifle team has been competing in meets sponsored by the School District of Manatee County (SDMC) since 2008-09. They attended their first state-level rifle meet last year during the 2021-22 school year where they earned third place.

JROTC Army Instructor Master Sgt. William Cassidy has overseen rifle operations for the Mustang Battalion rifle team since 2012.

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Cassidy said, “The county rifle meet went very well for the B team, the A team could have done much better. The B team (which consists of new shooters) exceeded my expectations, and they got third place overall.

“They were only point from getting second place. The competition was very close, and I expect both teams to do well in the next competition,” he continued.

The monthly Mustang battalion newsletter can be found on the JROTC website.

Mustangs interested in participating in the rifle team and the JROTC program can contact instructors Maj. Shaun O’Dea here or Cassidy here.