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Riflery lands 4 on all-league

Riflery lands 4 on all-league

A great shooter needs discipline, and that was never more evident than during the 2020-21 school year, which saw a lifetime’s share of adversity due to COVID-19.

Despite all of the distractions, four members of the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Riflery team stayed poised and earned All-League honors from the Connecticut High School Riflery League.

Ryan Cordeiro ’21 (first place), Jiwon Lee ’23 (third), Steven Holik ’22 (fourth) and Jake Girhiny ’22 (eighth) placed in the top 10 in the 12-team league, earning the quartet postseason honors. The group paced the Titans to wins at the Prep School Gallery Match and NRA Four-Position Sectional, as well as the league title for the fourth time in five years.

Quotes from Coach Bill Passy:

The program – “I think our program is in a good spot. We have been lucky to get kids who want to be in the program and buy into what we are teaching. We tell them from the beginning that it won't be easy, they'll have to work hard, and certain positions will be uncomfortable at times, but they still show up and perform. As a coach, you can't ask for much more than that. I feel very lucky to be able to lead these kids and watch them perform.”

Ryan Cordeiro – “Ryan is the type of individual the program looks for. He is committed to and respects the sport, works hard every day, and helps his teammates whenever needed. It says something, as his coach, when I get compliments on his skill level and sportsmanship from other coaches around the league. He will be missed as he moves on to Ohio State University.”

Jiwon Lee – “In just two short years, Jiwon went from never having touched a rifle to being one of the best shooters in our league. She made a great one-two punch with Ryan for the Titan team. Her fun-loving attitude was flipped off when she got on the range and she turned into a solid marksman, helping the team win championships in her two seasons with the team.”

Steven Holik – “Steven's junior season showed the continued improvement one would expect from a dedicated shooter. Steven's maturity and skill levels both surged to new heights. All of these positives resulted in Steven becoming a leader on the team and a force in the Titan lineup. With more hard work, he is lined up to have a great senior season.”

Jake Girhiny – “Jake saw his junior season interrupted for about 10 days due to an illness, but still managed to make his mark on the team and within the league. A top 10 shooter by season’s end, Jake made big strides and became a reliable scorer for the Titans. Jake is poised for a strong senior season and a third-straight championship season.”