April 4, 2003
Many high school athletes aim to be the best in their sport, but the Fitzgerald high rifle team is one of the best in nation because of their steady aim.
The Fitzgerald JROTC rifle team won the first ever National Army JROTC rifle championships at Fort Benning last week.
The Hurricane shooters beat 56 other teams including two from Germany.
Sophomore LaToya Gilbert was named best shooter at the National tournament and Chris McMillan was a top alternate.
What makes Fitzgerald rifle coach Major Ray Scott the happiest is that his entire five member team consists of freshmen and sophomores.
And these marksmen say winning this national title will give them plenty of confidence and some steady nerves in future competitions.
Team member LaToya Gilbert said "Most people don't have alot of freshmen on their team. And when you compete against seniors and you win, it is showing you that seniors are not always the best."
Team member Chris McMillan said "We had a good teacher and we just learned it. You just have to want to do it and show the participation and the motivation and practice."
The first place finish at the National Army tournament caps a great season for this young Fitzgerald team that also won their region title, placed second at the State American Llegion tournament and posted a 12 and 2 match record.