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This season saw Mike Antipas take his turn as the face of the family fencing dynasty.
The Ward Melville junior won his second consecutive individual championship, finished a second straight unbeaten season, and was named Newsday’s Long Island Fencer of the Year, following in the footsteps of older sisters Demi and Alexa who also accomplished these feats during their careers.
“It feels...Read more »
Long Island's top senior fencers donned their masks and armor, picked up their weapons, and fenced for the final times in their high school careers on Wednesday night.
The Suffolk boys defeated the Nassau boys, 23-4, and the Suffolk girls won, 19-8, at the Exceptional Seniors Meet at Half Hollow Hills East, but for the participants, the results were ancillary to the opportunity to bond with...Read more »
The cast was a little different but for yet another season, Ward Melville’s sabre team was almost unstoppable.
In 2013, Alexa Antipas and Alexa Rohan, a pair of senior All-Long Island fencers, led the way with then-junior Kacy Charpin in the mix as well.
This season, Charpin was at the head of a new triumvirate, which featured juniors Carly Weber-Levine and Ilana Solomon.
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Antipas vs. Horiuchi. Shu vs. Reina. Charpin vs. Gallant.
The 2014 Long Island Fencing Championships will have no shortage of marquee matchups.
Of the 12 individual medalists on Long Island this season, five will be fencing Tuesday at Wheatley when Ward Melville takes on Great Neck South for the boys championship, and Garden City meets Ward Melville for the girls title.
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The Suffolk individual fencing championships took place Saturday at Brentwood, with three fencers repeating as gold medalists and three more winning an individual title for the first time.
Ward Melville’s Mike Antipas won the boys foil title for the second-straight year, capping a day that also saw his team win a seventh-straight county championship.
“I fenced like I was…at a national...Read more »
Amanda Lewis has established herself as one of the top foil fencers in Suffolk County and will be looking to cap both a strong season and strong career at Saturday’s county championships.
Lewis came into the day with a 34-4 record (winning 89% of her bouts), went undefeated in nine different meets and won gold in foil at December’s Jeff Wolfe Holiday Tournament at Brentwood. The senior has...Read more »
Expectations are high at Brentwood heading into the Suffolk County Fencing Championships, and the Indians boys will be one of the leading teams looking to end Ward Melville’s stranglehold on the county.
“I expect good things,” said Brentwood coach Mike Corona, looking ahead to the county tournament his school will host on Saturday. Corona said he anticipates at least a top-three finish for...Read more »
Great Neck South coach Josh Baravarian has set the bar high for both his boys and girls teams this season.
He wants both to win the county championship.
It is a lofty goal, sure, but not an unrealistic one, given the talent the Rebels have.
The boys finished the regular season with an 11-1 record and the girls finished at 9-3. The boys are also the defending county champions.
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With the county championships two weeks away, Suffolk County fencers took a break from their league schedules on Saturday and faced off in a different format.
All eight schools from Suffolk and one school from Massachusetts competed in the 17th annual Huntington Relay hosted at Huntington High School.
“It was a good time,” said Huntington coach Alan Kuver. “We had 350 kids who participated…and...Read more »
Valley Stream fencing coach Evan Samuelson said he was "worried" before the current season got started.
At the time, it was easy to see why, considering the senior leaders the team lost to graduation.
Now though, it is probably safe to say Samuelson can put his concerns to rest.
Valley Stream District girls fencing is 8-4 and might just be capable of playing spoiler in...Read more »