Brewer shooting team a success

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

 

For many schools, success is sports such as football, basketball and baseball is very common. However, for Brewer High School they are experiencing success in a not so conventional sport. This past school year the Brewer High School shooting team won a state championship.

Shooting teams at the high school level are a new development at the high school level and Brewer head coach Gary Linderman says it wasn’t easy to get one started. “We actually went a year without actually competing” Linderman said “The first year was just about gathering information and learning how to do everything especially when it came to safety protocols because that is the most important thing.” This team is based on a sport that uses the full use of firearms for competitive use. There are only two other teams in this area that compete in this sport which are in Decatur Heritage and Danville. “We had kids that were wanting shoot and having to go to other cities to do it” Linderman said, “I started doing what I could to help create a team here in Brewer.” Since it is a firearm sport, the team cannot be completely sanctioned by Brewer High School but that hasn’t stopped it from getting plenty of support. “Of course firearms aren’t allowed on campus so the school can’t really sanction it” Linderman said “but they are 100% supportive of it and do everything they can to help us.” When Linderman started the team he had around 60-65 students signed up but within a few months he was down to just around 30.  “I think of the biggest things we faced was the reality kids had to face of this being a team not a club” Linderman said “I would love for anyone to join but there is a lot of commitment involved with this so its not just for people that want to hang out.” In this sport, the team competes in competitions that involve mostly trap and skeet shooting. Their competitions are usually on Friday and Saturday as well which brings in the commitment part. “If they want to shoot they have to be willing to go on days with other kids are probably resting.” The team also has to partake in various fundraisers in order to compete. “Since the school can’t sanction us that can back us financially” Linderman said “So we have to do various fundraisers in order to cover costs such as registration fees at competitions and ammo for the guns.”

Despite having only competed for two years now, the Brewer shooting team wasted no time in making a statement. In the state championship, this past year the team won 2 of the 3 divisions. “We went down to state the year before but it was more to see how it went” Lindermen said “this year I thought we had a chance to do good because our kids had worked so hard, but I never could have imagined how go do they would do.”

Linderman hopes that more and more teams in the future will start popping up. “It would be great if more schools had teams” Linderman said “right now that is just not many places locally to go to compete.” Despite this, the results have been very positive from the shooting team as more and more people are starting to get interested in the team. “We provide an option for kids to experience something different” Lindermen said, “you don’t have to be super athletic to be good at this you just have to be willing to try hard.”

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