May 4, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army's rifle team held its annual end-of- season banquet Friday afternoon, May 4, in front of Tronsrue Marksmanship Center where head coach Ron Wigger was joined by the team members and their parents for a barbeque followed by the awards.
Senior Kelly Buck was awarded her third straight `Shooter of the Year" certificate with sophomore Richard Calvin named the "Most Improved Shooter," and freshman Alex Rivera tabbed "Rookie of the Year."
Buck, who co-shared team MVP honors as a sophomore while winning it outright the last two years, closed out her career as a three-time All-American. It is the fourth straight year she has earned a major award, having been selected as the top rookie in 2009.
The senior from Reading, Mass., is a two-time first-team All-America selection in smallbore and second team in air rifle. She garnered All-American honors in both disciplines this past year to become the first Army shooter to do so since 2008. Buck is a four-time GARC (Great America Rifle Conference) all-star and was crowned the smallbore champion this past year. Buck competed all four years at the NCAA Championships, leading Army to fourth place finish this past spring.
She earned first team All-GARC honors in smallbore and aggregate scoring her senior year. In addition to capturing medalist honors in smallbore, Buck helped lead Army to the 2012 GARC title in that discipline, then placed fourth individually in air rifle and fifth in smallbore at the NCAA Championships.
Calvin, named an Academic All-American by the CRCA (Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association), earned All-GARC honors this year with his selection to the second time in air rifle and was honorable mention in the combined scoring.
A member of Army's firing unit the past two years at the NCAAs, Calvin played a key part helping the Black Knights to runner-up honors in smallbore and fourth place in the team scoring. He was Army's top shooter in air rifle this season, posting a career-high 595 en route to earning medalist honors in that discipline four times and sharing it in another.
The native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., is coming off a third-place finish in the Men's 10m air rifle at the 2012 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships. He headed into the individual finals in fifth place with an 1172, then overtook two other shooters by firing the highest mark of 102.5 to win the bronze medal.
Rivera, a member of the Puerto Rico National Team, competed in both disciplines his first year. He turned in a season-high 570 smallbore score against Ole Miss with his next highest mark of 568 fired in the regular-season finale and NCAA Qualifier for Army's fifth highest score. His top air rifle score of 579 was recorded against Nebraska as a member of Army's firing unit after posting a 578 competing individually two days prior against North Carolina State. He also recorded a 575 as part of Army's scoring unit in a triangular with TCU and Murray State.
Coach Wigger spoke about the accomplishments during 2011-12 and noted that "in my 12 years, I have never seen a team make as much progress from one year to the next." He added that Army "will continue to rise."
Army closed out the season 9-3 for its most wins since 2007-08. The Black Knights' three losses were to TCU (captured the NCAA title), Kentucky (runner-up at the NCAAs) and West Virginia.
The Black Knights captured the President's Trophy Match and defeated Navy for the third straight year in both meets, along with qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the ninth straight year. Army captured the GARC title in smallbore and headed to the NCAAs ranked No. 4 nationally. At the NCAAs, the Black Knights were runner-up in smallbore the first day en route to placing fourth for its highest finish since garnering runner-up honors in 2008.
In addition to presenting the three team awards, Coach Wigger handed out several other awards to include the Army "A" along with senior Tommy Carr receiving the Lt. Col. Francis Henry Schoeffel Memorial Award as the team captain.
Wigger also thanked his assistant Rick Johnson, the officer representatives, the parents for their support throughout the year and his sport supervisor Lt. Col. Kim Kawamoto.
Shooter of the Year - Kelly Buck
Most Improved - Richard Calvin
Top Plebe Shooter - Shooter of the Year - Alex Rivera
Lt. Col Francis Henry Schoeffel Memorial Award - Tommy Carr