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Pleasanton JROTC Eagle Battalion takes second at drill meet



The Pleasanton JROTC Eagle Battalion Team finished second overall in their competition this weekend at the Somerset “Remember the Vet.” First row, kneeling from left: Xavier Rodriguez, Leah Torres, Lillian Krause, Alyssa Castelar, Roman Martinez, Jealousey Oliva. Standing row - Destiny Alegria, Jocelyne Lopez, Hailey Yoho, Amaris Guerra, Nikki Griego, Yasmeen Diop, Abigail Hotchkin, Payton Pawkett, Timothy Konecny, Jose Ramirez, Elijah Sanchez, William Morantes, Ernesto Aguilar, Rion Hoelscher-Ochoa, Izaac Spain, Jayden Herrera. Top row: Damon Morales, Isaiah Delgado, Nursultan Temirbekov. CADE ANDREWS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Pleasanton JROTC Eagle Battalion Team finished second overall in their competition this weekend at the Somerset “Remember the Vet.” First row, kneeling from left: Xavier Rodriguez, Leah Torres, Lillian Krause, Alyssa Castelar, Roman Martinez, Jealousey Oliva. Standing row – Destiny Alegria, Jocelyne Lopez, Hailey Yoho, Amaris Guerra, Nikki Griego, Yasmeen Diop, Abigail Hotchkin, Payton Pawkett, Timothy Konecny, Jose Ramirez, Elijah Sanchez, William Morantes, Ernesto Aguilar, Rion Hoelscher-Ochoa, Izaac Spain, Jayden Herrera. Top row: Damon Morales, Isaiah Delgado, Nursultan Temirbekov. CADE ANDREWS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

It isn’t about the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog, and for the Pleasanton JROTC Eagle Battalion, it isn’t about the size of the school in the competition.

The cadets competed at the annual Somerset “Remember the Vet” Drill Meet on Saturday and placed second overall out of more than 20 schools in the greater San Antonio area. Additionally, the Eagles Physical Training (PT) teams dominated across the board, taking first in the men’s and women’s varsity and junior varsity divisions.

“It’s the kids, they’re determined to be the best,” said PHS Command Sergeant Major (retired) EJ Nuells. “They have that winning mentality and they want everybody to know Pleasanton can compete with a lot of bigger schools because it doesn’t matter the size of school, we’re going to put in just as much work as they do to be the best.”

The PT teams were tested based on a twominute pushup and two-minute pull-up exercise (per individual) as well as a one mile team relay. Representing the Pleasanton men’s varsity PT team were Isaiah Delgado, Jayden Herrera, Roman Martinez and Rion Ochoa. The quartet put together a combined 275 pushups, 352 curl ups and a 4:28 mile.

From left: Leah Torres, Alyssa Castelar, Yasmeen Diop and Jealousey Oliva compete in the women’s color guard competition at the Somerset “Remember the Vet” Drill Meet Saturday. ALYX MORGAN | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

From left: Leah Torres, Alyssa Castelar, Yasmeen Diop and Jealousey Oliva compete in the women’s color guard competition at the Somerset “Remember the Vet” Drill Meet Saturday. ALYX MORGAN | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The girls PT team was made up of Alyssa Castelar, Hailey Yoho and Yasmeen Diop who showed out, compiling 196 pushups, 295 curl ups and running a 5:01 mile.

Pleasanton took home other trophies across other categories including second in the armed inspection and exhibition as well as first place in the unarmed regulation, second in the unarmed inspection and third in unarmed exhibition.

However, for CSM Nuells and Senior Army Instructor (SAI) Derrick Burden, the credit goes much further for all the participants in their contributions for the second place overall finish. The Eagle Battalion scored in a variety of other events such as fourth in color guard for the men’s and women’s division but the points picked up were key. The only contest they didn’t score points in was marksmanship because they didn’t have a team put together.

Above: Pleasanton’s JROTC Eagle Battlion unarmed drill team performs their routine at the Somerset “Remember the Vet” meet Saturday. The Eagles finished first in unarmed regulation, second in unarmed inspection and third in unarmed exhibition. ALYX MORGAN | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Above: Pleasanton’s JROTC Eagle Battlion unarmed drill team performs their routine at the Somerset “Remember the Vet” meet Saturday. The Eagles finished first in unarmed regulation, second in unarmed inspection and third in unarmed exhibition. ALYX MORGAN | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

“It ain’t always about finishing first, second or third,” said CSM Nuells. “We have to do well across the board — that’s what helps us be good in all areas.”

The success over the weekend is just a step- ping stone for what’s to come for the Pleasanton JROTC Eagle Battalion. This weekend, they’ll be competing against hundreds of other schools at the Fort Knox U.S. Army Cadet Command Junior ROTC Raider Challenge Championships where they’ll be donning the Pleasanton kelly green with their uniforms.

Just like last year when they went to Daytona Beach, Florida, this will be a new experience for many of the students when they arrive in Kentucky this Thursday.

The Raider Challenge Championships will be another physical test broken up into five categories — 5K team run, rope bridge, cross country rescue, the gauntlet and a physical fitness team test.

Left: The Pleasanton JROTC armed drill team performs their routine at Somerset. The armed drill team finished second in inspection and third in regulation.

Left: The Pleasanton JROTC armed drill team performs their routine at Somerset. The armed drill team finished second in inspection and third in regulation.

In January, the cadets will be competing in the Fifth Brigade Championship with an opportunity to punch their ticket into the national drill meet.

 

 

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