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Three Long Island fencers win national championships

Coach Peter Freiss (left), Carly Weber-Levine (second from

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Three fencers from Long Island won gold medals at the USFA National Championships in Columbus, Ohio that concluded earlier this month.

Ward Melville students Danny Solomon and Carly Weber-Levine and Centereach graduate Stuart Holmes all won national championships in their respective competitions at the tournament, which ran from June 22 to July 3.

Over 9,000 fencers competed, making...

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Three Long Island fencers take home gold at Jeff Wolfe ROC

Ward Melville's Ilana Solomon competes in the Suffolk

(Credit: Richard T. Slattery)

The high school season may be over, but Long Island’s top fencers are “en garde” throughout the year, competing in a number of regional and national tournaments.

While recent tournaments have taken many of these athletes as far as Texas, Virginia, and Oregon, this weekend’s event was much closer to home.

Fencers from around the country (and three from overseas) came to Rocky Point to...

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Ward Melville's Mike Antipas named Newsday's Fencer of the Year

Ward Melville's Mike Antipas poses for a picture.

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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...

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Senior fencers come together for all-star showcase

Brentwood fencer Julian Priceman competes against Great Neck

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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...

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Charpin, Weber-Levine and Solomon built their own legacy in 2014

Ward Melville's Kacy Charpin competes in the Suffolk

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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.

Antipas,...

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Long Island Fencing Championship preview

Great Neck South's Kody Horiuchi battles teammate Andy

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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.

Both matchups...

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Antipas, Huang, Yang repeat as Suffolk individual champions

Ward Melville's Mike Antipas competes in the Suffolk

(Credit: Richard T. Slattery)

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...

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Lewis leads Half Hollow Hills

Half Hollow Hills fencer Amanda Lewis competes in

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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...

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Brentwood boys expect big things heading into Suffolk tournament

Brentwood fencer Julian Priceman competes against Great Neck

(Credit: Steven Ryan)

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...

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Great Neck South seeking double championship

Great Neck South fencers pose for a picture.

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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.

The...

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