Another state title for rifle team
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Mantel, a newcomer to the varsity team, said he hopes to continue to improve her skills and lead the team to another state title in 2014, if she gets the chance. The rifle team is slated to be cut next year under the district’s proposed budget.
Wilson, although he wasn’t one of the team’s primary shooters, said he did enjoy his experience at the state championship. “I was nervous the whole time going through,” he said, adding that his teammates told him to treat the event like just another day of practice at the range.
The team prepares in the rifle range in the basement of Memorial Junior High School.
Coach Blake McCauley said the team exceeded his expectations this year. He noted that making the transition from junior varsity to varsity is significant, and the shooters who did that, Mantel, Schmidt and Wilson, did so seamlessly.
He said the leadership of Cuomo and Sean really made a difference in helping the new members get acclimated to the team. “They really did set the example,” he said.
McCauley noted that Valley Stream holds many state and county records, and that the program is well respected among other schools. He said his shooters are good students who display high moral character.
“I’m proud of them as always,” he said. “Any state title is a great season.”