Riflery - Varsity

Riflery has been a competitive sport for more than 60 years at Wilbraham & Monson Academy. WMA is one of the only college preparatory schools in our region with an indoor shooting range on campus. The Academy has a five-point indoor firing range in the Cowdrey Rifle Ready Room, which was donated by C. Francis and Florence I. Cowdrey in honor of their son, Sherman '50W. Sherman Cowdrey is the great nephew of Dr. James Naismith, who invented the sport of basketball in 1891.

The Riflery team uses Anshutz competition .22 rifles and shoots at A-17 11 bull targets from 50 feet. Individual shooters have 30 minutes to fire five rounds in the prone, sitting, kneeling, and off-hand (standing) positions. The sum of the top five scores from each team will determine the winner of the match.

All equipment is supplied by WMA. The Academy’s Riflery team consists of 12 varsity shooters. We are proud to say half of the team is comprised of female and international students.

WMA competes against teams in the Connecticut Valley League, which includes peer schools Avon Old Farms School, Suffield Academy, Grasso Technical High School and Montville High School. The Riflery season runs from early November through the end of February. The schedule generally consists of seven to eight meets, which take place at the host’s school, the Hartford Gun Club, the Metacom Gun Club, or the Blue Trail Gun Club.

Athletics Roster


Erik

Coelho

2019

Somers

CT

Erika

Convery

2019

Rutland

MA

Ryan

Cordeiro

2021

Ludlow

MA

Jake

Girhiny

2022

East Longmeadow

MA

Gordon

Hertel

2019

Newburyport

MA

Sara

Labbe

2019

Westfield

MA

Junyi

Lu

2021

Shenzhen

China

Minh Nhat

Nguyen

2019

Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam

Wooseung

Oh

2022

Busan

Korea

Alexander

Otte

2020

Warren

MA

Nicholas

Spellman

2019

Wilbraham

MA

Eungi

Youn

2020

Kyungsangbuk-Do

South Korea

Jinyu

Zhan

2022

Shenzhen

China

No players were found for this team

Bill Passy, head coach

2017-2018

  • Quinnipiac Division Champions
    Connecticut High School Riflery League Champions
  • Prep School Gallery Match Champions
  • Overall Gallery Match Champions
  • NRA 3 Position Sectional - Scholastic Champions
  • NRA 4 Position Sectional - Scholastic Champions

Individual Honors

  • Dan Wesson - Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association All State 1st team
  • Nicholas Spellman - Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association All State 1st team
  • Ben Bicknell - Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association All State 2nd team
  • Erika Convery - Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association All State 2nd team
  • Irene Fang - Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association All State 2nd team

Team Accolades

  • School record for team score in 4 position - 963 @ Avon January 27, 2018
  • School record for team score in 4 position - 966 vs Suffield Academy, February 17, 2018.
  • School record for team score @ Gallery Match - 777 (4 person team - Wesson, Spellman, Convery, & Fang)
  • School record for most consecutive league matches won - 16
  • Undefeated for second straight season.

2016-2017
  • Quinnipiac Division Champions
  • Connecticut High School Riflery League Champions
  • Prep School Gallery Match Champions

Individual Honors

  • Dan Wesson - Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association All-State First team.
  • Erika Convery - Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association All-State First team.

Team Records

  • School record for team score in 4 position - 959 vs Suffield Academy, Feb. 18, 2017
  • Individual record for high score in 4 position - 198 Convery vs Grasso Tech, Jan. 25, 2017 , and Wesson vs Suffield Academy, Feb. 18, 2017

2015-2016

  • Prep Gallery Match: Dan Wesson '18 2nd, Sally Qiu '16 3rd


Scoreboard

vs.
New England Prone Championships
Away

Three members of the Titan Riflery team traveled to Dublin, N.H., to compete in the 2018 New England Indoor Prone Championships put on by the American Smallbore Shooting Association (ASSA).

Erika Convery '19, Nick Spellman '19 and Ryan Cordeiro '21 competed in the Iron Sights portion of the event that was open to all comers. Each shooter had 60 minutes to take 60 scoring shots with a maximum point value of 10.9 on each.

Upon completion of the week-long event, Erika Convery took home the Bronze medal in the Iron Sights match with a score of 611.3, just a half point out of second place and five points behind the winner. It should be noted that the two men finishing ahead of her were both much older and much more experienced shooters. Erika claimed the top spot in her shooter classification (sharpshooter).

Nick finished in 10th place with a score of 592.5 while Ryan came in 16th with a score of 586.1. There were a total of 30 competitors participating in the match.

WMA Riflery head coach Bill Passy led the contingent to New Hampshire to compete. "This makes a huge statement about how far our program has come in the last several years," Passy said. "Having kids compete in these prestigious matches and fare so well shows us that we are moving in the right direction. It's an honor to have these kids represent WMA and the riflery program".

The team will now get back to work and prepare to defend their back-to-back, undefeated championship seasons in the CT High School Riflery League. The team's first match will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, when it hosts Avon Old Farms at Cowdrey Range in the basement of Fisk Hall.
vs.
Avon Old Farms
Home
Win 952-932

Co-Captain Nick Spellman '19 led the way for the Titans with a 193. Ryan Cordeiro '21 shot a 192, Co-Captain Erika Convery and first-year shooter Brian Lu '21 both scored 190s. Alex Otte '20 rounded out the scoring with a 187.

vs.
Avon Old Farms
Away
Win 941-938

Nick Spellman and Ryan Cordeiro shot 192s to lead the Titans.

vs.
Xavier High School
Away
Win 952-947

WMA Riflery continued its undefeated season, beating Xavier 952-947. Erika Convery '19 led the Titans with a 193, followed by Ryan Cordeiro '21 192 and Sara Labbe '19 190.

vs.
Suffield Academy
Away
Win 951-929

Nick Spellman '19 led the Titans with a 194 (of 200). Ryan Cordeiro '21 ecorded a 193, and Jinyu "Melody" Zhan '22 added a career-high 188.

vs.
Prep Gallery
Away
Win

The Titans won the Prep School Gallery Match championship for the third straight year! Ryan Cordeiro led with 196, Brian Lu 195, Nick Spellman, Labbe and Matt Nguyen each with 191.

vs.
Xavier High School
Home
Win 961-948

The Titans posted a season-high score to beat Xavier 961-948. The win capped the program's third straight undefeated regular season. On Senior Day, senior Gordon Hertel shot 13 points better than his previous best with a 194. Ryan Cordeiro (193) followed.

vs.
Connecticut H.S. Shoot-Off
Away
2nd place

Sometimes in athletics, even when a team performs at a high level, that's just not enough.

Despite shooting five points above its season average, the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Riflery team placed second at the five-team Connecticut High School Shoot-Off Feb. 26 at Blue Trail Range in Wallingford.

Xavier High of Middletown, Connecticut, won the match with a five-person score of 960 (out of 1,000), which was its best performance of the season. WMA, which won the event the previous two seasons, was second at 955.

Ryan Cordeiro '21 again led the Titans, shooting a 197 (out of 200), which was just one point off the school record. Brian Lu '21 had another strong showing with a 195, followed by Alex Otte '20 189, Nick Spellman '19 188 and Melody Zhan '22 186.

WMA finished the regular season undefeated, won the Quinnipiac Division, and claimed the Prep Gallery Match for the third season in a row.