Tuesday night, Alexandrea Provine finished painting teammate Tyler Rico’s precision air rifle with the colors of his new college.
She brushed on the Air Force Academy logo and, at his suggestion, a few tiger stripes. Painting is like shooting, she decided — it requires constant, and unerring, focus.
When Provine and Rico part this summer, they’ll be breaking up maybe Southern Arizona’s best shooting team since the Earps.
“It’s going to be kinda sad,” she said.
Provine, who wants to work in the chemical field, accepted an appointment to West Point.
Rico, a part-time boxer who wants to fly an A-10 Thunderbolt, is going to Air Force Academy.
The Flowing Wells JROTC air rifle squad teammates will shoot for their armed forces squads. That’s like having a high school team’s point guard go to Duke and its shooting guard to Kentucky.
“I don’t think that’s ever happened, ever,” said retired Maj. Bob DeWitt, the FWHS coach since 1995.
Together, they led the four-person Flowing Wells JROTC squad to the National Air Rifle Championships team title last month in Anniston, Ala.
Provine, 18, won the individual title, and Rico, 17, came in second.
Read more about them in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.