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NJROTC team takes first place

by: Photos courtesy of Terri Fields - Members of the Crook County High School NJROTC Drill Team  perform  at the Northwest Drill and Rifle Meet in Yakima, Wash. In the photo above, cadets are inspected during the unarmed inspection.

The Crook County High School NJROTC drill team captured first place in the armed and unarmed categories the weekend of Dec. 9.
   Assistant Coach Terri Fields said the Northwest Drill and Rifle Meet was held in Yakima, Wash., at East Valley High School.
   "It's almost like the playoffs for the Superbowl," Fields said. "They did awesome this weekend. We couldn't be more happy."
   Unarmed commander Senior Rebekah Murphy took first place overall.
   In the color guard one and two categories, Crook County placed second.
   "We went to East Valley on the ninth. We are going to West Valley, Yakima, on Jan. 27," Fields said. Crook County then competes Feb. 10 in La Pine and hosts the division finals March 10. CCHS is a member of the Cascade Division, which consists of teams from Oregon and Washington.
   She also commented on how well the team did this past weekend.
   "That is pretty normal," she said. "We won first place last year. We competed at the beginning of the year and took back the trophy that we've had the last six years."
   Fields credited Crook County's showing to "all the practice and time that they put in." Team members get to CCHS at 6:30 a.m., practice and then go to class. Then they practice again after school and do not get done until about 5:30 or 6 p.m.
   Practicing in front of the CCHS student body also helps.
   "They get that thrill of practicing in front of the students, which helps tremendously during competition time as well," Fields said.
   Master Chief Donny Jackson said that all of the returning students from last year have helped other students tremendously, adding that they left off last year with a regional win and began this year with a win as well.
   Teams at the Dec. 9 competition included Rogers - United States Air Force, Crook County, North Salem, La Pine, Clarkston, Medical Lake, Roseburg, Mountain View, East Valley, Walla Walla and Madras.