Alabama State Games benefit Daleville
by Casey Strickland firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alabama State Games took place in the Wiregrass June 9-11, and the area saw benefits from the competition.Shooting sports competitions took place at the Fort Rucker Skeet and Trap Range, Tri-State Gun Club and Daleville High School."It's very important and significant that Daleville High School had a chance to host the Alabama games this year," DHS ROTC instructor retired Col. Teresa Townsend said. "We hosted last year. It allows people to come and see our school system and what it has to offer. We also get to showcase the talents our rifle team members have. It's just a good opportunity for our (students) to get to network with other high school students and other people who participate in the games." Daleville showcased its skills with several winners in the competition.Trinity Gray and Ashley Grack won first in their age groups in three-position 3x20 shots. Gray, Grack and Lammar Raybon each took first place in international 40 shot. Daniel Acedilla took second in international 40 shot, and Rodney Hunter took third.The Daleville team of Grack, Gray, Acedilla and Hunter won the three-position 3x20 shots and the international 40 shot in its age group. "Overall, I think they went pretty (well)," Daleville High School ROTC instructor retired Sgt. 1st Class Rick Austin said. "I really do. I think it's worth it. I guess we were hoping we would have more folks than what we did, but it still went (well)."The games also benefited the Daleville community because of out-of-town visitors who competed."I think it's really important," Austin said. "It gets our name out, but also it brings people down here to this area and helps the community of Daleville out as far as some of the businesses. They're not always shooting so they have time to go out to the restaurants."The DHS students who competed also got the chance to meet other students from different areas of the state, which Austin said benefited them the most."For us, it's the competition and meeting new people from different areas of Alabama," he said. "I believe we even had folks from Georgia come over and compete with us. The camaraderie, I think, is probably the biggest thing. Some of these guys shoot at CMP and some of the other competitions throughout the year, but there's a lot of new faces that pop in with the Alabama games."