Riflery claims 4th-straight conference title
It’s time to hang up another riflery banner in the Greenhalgh Gymnasium.
The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Riflery team won its fourth-consecutive Quinnipiac Conference title with a 953-912 home victory against Avon Old Farms Feb. 15.
Jinyu “Melody” Zhan ’22 led the way for the Titans with a career-high 195. Ryan Cordeiro ’21 (192), Jake Girhiny ’22 (career-high 190), Wooseung “Colin” Oh ’22 (190) and Junyi “Brian” Lu ’21 (186) rounded out the top five for WMA.
The triumph remarkably pushed the Academy’s winning streak in league matches to 26. WMA will cap its season with three upcoming specialty tournaments at Blue Trail Range in Wallingford, Connecticut:
· Prep School Gallery Match – Feb. 19
· NRA Four-Position Sectional – Feb. 22
· State Championship – Feb. 26
Coach Bill Passy on the team defeating Avon: “It was a solid win for us. Our score was 953, which is above our season average. We had contributions from a number of people. At the beginning of the year I didn’t really see that in us. Now we’re starting to see the improvement in the younger shooters, which is key in our sport.”
Coach Passy on winning 26 matches in a row: “The 26 shows we’re doing the right things, where we need to be and staying competitive. Suffield Academy had been a stronghold in the league for a long time. I think the eight years prior to me they were 63-4 in league matches. For us to knock them down a peg is always nice.”
Melody on what she likes about WMA Riflery: “I like the team. The people support each other and the environment is comfortable. I’ve never been an athletic person. This sport has taught me to calm down and organize my time. Riflery relates to my life. It teaches me to be a better person.”
Melody on the team beating Avon: “I felt confident that day because I knew we practiced hard and were devoted to the sport.”