Winner Le '15 named to all-state riflerY team
Nguyen "Winner" Le '15 took his steady hand and sharp eyesight from photography and applied it to becoming a marksman, and those traits were so strong he received an impressive honor for the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Riflery team.
Winner, who had never fired a rifle prior to coming to the Academy, was named to the Connecticut All-State Honorable Mention team.
"It definitely feels real good," said Winner, referring to being selected to the all-star team.
Despite having never participating in the sport, Winner took right to riflery.
"From my love of photography, I have developed a keen eye," he said.
"Winner attributed his quick start in riflery to his love of photography, which got him in the habit of using his eye and waiting for the correct picture or shot to come along," Coach John Lombard added.
And that eye was exceptional. He averaged a score of 187.17 (out of 200) for the season, and his high score of 193 against Avon Old Farms helped the Titans to their only win of the 2014-15 campaign. He ranked No. 18 of the 139 shooters in the league.
"Winner was a tremendous asset for the team this year," Coach Lombard said. "As a first-time shooter, he came to each practice with a calm, low-key, can-do, approach to the sport that is every coach's dream come true. Many of the top shooters in the league compete in riflery tournaments year-round across the nation, but the prep school students pretty much just shoot during the winter season."
Winner improved throughout the season. He earned the team's MVP Award at the Winter Varsity Sports Awards Ceremony.
"You figure it out as the sport goes on, when one day everything falls in place," Winner explained. "My scores weren't always consistent, but they were better than the early practices of the season."