Josh VanVoorhis '16 - top gun
Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Josh VanVoorhis ’16 has gone from being the Riflery team’s manager during the 2013-14 season to one of their top shooters this season, with a high score of 190 (of 200) in the team’s first match.
Josh wasn't the team’s manager by choice a year ago. He received a shoulder injury during the 2013-14 fall season playing football, and that injury persisted throughout the Riflery season.
What is honorable about Josh is that during his time of injury he did not abandon his team, opting to work with former Coach Brian Easler to hone his spotting skills.
Coach John Lombard has been very impressed with Josh’s improvement between last year and this year. He was especially impressed with his improvements in the spotting field, and how by the end of the season he rivaled Coach Easler, a distinguished marksman.
“Josh has gone through a huge transformation from last year to this year,” said Coach John Lombard. “Last year he was an accomplished team manager, but I would also say assistant coach. He was, in terms with spotting, tied with Mr. Easler for being the one that all the shooters wanted.”
Josh is very appreciative for Coach Easler’s guidance. Josh said, “Coach Easler taught me more than I have ever known about the sport.”
Although Coach Easler made a significant impact on the team last year, Josh recognizes the constructive coaching from Coach Lombard and Coach Bill Passy.
“The team is great,” Josh said. “We are shooting very well. Two years ago we shot 200 points below where we are shooting now. The improvement we have had with the new coaches is great.”
Josh takes the sport of Riflery very seriously, and appreciates this season, where he is healthy enough to shoot.
“Not being able to shoot made the winter trimester a lot harder,” said Josh, “but being back at it is nice, and being a part of the family again.”
By James Sabatino '16