Flowing Wells High School's JROTC Rifle Team finally wins state title.



"Flowing Wells High School's JROTC Rifle Team finally owns a state title.

The award had eluded the rifle team for a decade, but that changed when Flowing Wells  prevailed over 11 teams at the state championship Saturday at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

"We weren't shooting as well as we had been shooting, but the kids pulled together at the end," said retired Maj. Bob De Witt, Army JROTC instructor at Flowing Wells. "They got the job done."

Phoenix's Sunnyslope High School finished behind Flowing Wells. Tuba City High School took third place.

Competing for Flowing Wells were team captain Cody Larger, Alexandrea "Alex" Provine, Tyler Rico and Rudy Teyechea.

Larger and Provine attend Canyon del Oro High School, but participate in the JROTC, which stands for Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, at Flowing Wells because it is not offered at their school.

Brett Coldron was the team's alternate.

Rico emerged as the event's top shooter with a score of 553 of a possible 600.

Rico was relieved when it was finally over and Flowing Wells had been crowned champion.

"I was pretty confident we would place well," he said.

Saturday's final required competitors to shoot at targets 10 meters away from standing, prone and kneeling positions.

Competitors use air rifles that shoot tiny pellets.

Competition at the state finals was crowded with some of the state's top shooters, and Larger said it was awesome to be there.

He did his best to remain composed after learning Flowing Wells had won.

"I was so happy. Of course, I had to maintain my professionalism, but once we left the facility we were able to get off those loud cheers," he said. "It was an incredible feeling to do something like that."

Flowing Wells will next travel to Camp Perry, Ohio, in February to compete in the national Army JROTC championship."

Congratulations Tylor Rico and the Flowing Wells team!


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