"I was in 8th grade when they started the rifle team and I just wanted to be a part of it," says Alexandra Fedorko, who shoots for the Portage Rifle Team.
That dream turned into an even better reality for the senior. She did join the team, and on Monday, inked her letter of intent to shoot for Akron.
"I'm very proud of her, getting the scholarship," says Portage Rifle Coach Ned Moore. "That's one of our goals with our team is to get people into the college [shooting programs]. She'll be our second [athlete] on scholarship.
The Akron team was last ranked 17th in the nation, and won the MAC Small-Bore Championship. Portage meanwhile, placed 2nd in the conference and state this year. The Mustangs won the state title in the 2011-2012 season. Fedorko says the sport takes a lot of patience.
"It's hard at times, you really have to train yourself to just take a breath," says Fedorko. "You really can't think about anything else whenever you're on the line."
The sport also take a lot of dedication. During the season, Fedorko practices every single day. And in the offseason, she still spends about 12 hours a week at the range. And that's all in addition to work and school.
"I have no idea how I fit it all in," says Fedorko. "It just works, I guess."