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Brentwood boys take top honors at Huntington Relay

Coach Mike Corona (holding trophy) and the Brentwood

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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...

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'Gritty' Valley Stream could be a sleeper in Nassau

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...

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Oyster Bay fencing eyes return to the top in Nassau

Oyster Bay fencer Grey Warwick-Clark competes in the

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With a deep and experienced team, Oyster Bay will be looking to make its fourth straight county final and win its third county title since 2011.

Along with Great Neck South, the Baymen have dominated boys fencing in Nassau County, with the two teams meeting in the last three county finals. Oyster Bay won in 2011 and 2012, while Great Neck South prevailed in 2013.

Oyster Bay coach John...

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Ward Melville tops Commack, extends winning streak

Ward Melville's Mike Antipas fences against Brentwood. (Jan.

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With Ward Melville facing one the toughest opponents on its schedule, and missing one of its top fencers, would Tuesday’s match spell the end of the Patriots’ winning streak?

Nope.

Ward Melville boys fencing (8-0) won for the 102nd consecutive match, defeating Commack, 17-10, thanks to 3-0 performances from Mike Antipas and Manny Thomas.

Antipas led a foil team that went 8-1, despite...

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Sabre duo leads strong Commack fencing team

Commack fencer Brian Huang competes in boys sabre.

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At December’s Brentwood Holiday Tournament, two of the top sabre fencers in the county faced off with a gold medal on the line.

To coach Frank Musto’s delight, both fencers were from Commack.

David Austin defeated Brian Huang that day, but both have their sights set even higher for a Commack boys team that looks to be one of the best on Long Island.

With teams in Suffolk vying...

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Garden City girls fencing looks to defend county title in 2014

Caitlin Gallant of Garden City, left, battles Oyster

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Garden City girls fencing has a little bit of everything, from a former county champion to a sophomore duo that evokes memories of Mariano Rivera and John Wetteland.

The defending Nassau champions are led by senior Caitlin Gallant, who won the county individual sabre championship during the 2011-12 season. Gallant, a four-year starter, also made the county semifinals last season.

Gallant...

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Oyster Bay and Great Neck South meet in Nassau fencing clash

Great Neck South fencer Kody Horiuchi competes in

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Oyster Bay and Great Neck South are no strangers to one another.

The two teams have met in the last three Nassau County boys fencing championships, with each match coming down to the final bout.

While Thursday’s match was not as close, it was still a competitive one, as Oyster Bay won 15-12.

Clinging to a 10-8 lead entering the third round, the Baymen (6-1) swept the final three...

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Jericho fencing blends youth and experience

As one of Jericho’s top fencers nears graduation, two others are just getting their careers started.

Senior Marc Siegel leads the team and is joined by eighth-graders Matthew Gavieta and Bennett Cohen.

Siegel had a strong season last year in sabre, and will be tasked with providing veteran leadership for a young Jericho squad.

“Marc has been an invaluable asset to the team,” Jericho...

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Whitman's Alpy wins epee gold at Brentwood again

Whitman fencer Alexandria Alpy competes in the girls

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The final bout of the 2013 Jeff Wolfe Holiday Fencing Tournament was arguably its most compelling, featuring two of the top girls epee fencers on Long Island.

Whitman junior Alexandria Alpy defeated Ward-Melville’s Melanie Holl 15-8 to win the girls epee final at the Brentwood tournament for the second straight season.

Despite the high profile match, Alpy was unaffected by the pressure....

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Austin tops Huang in All-Commack saber final

Commack fencer Brian Huang competes in boys sabre.

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Though David Austin and Brian Huang have had plenty of experience fencing with each other, the stakes were never higher than they were on Saturday.

After years of facing off in practice as teammates, Commack senior Austin defeated junior Huang in the men’s saber final at the Jeff Wolfe Holiday Fencing Tournament at Brentwood High School.

“It’s better training to face him competitively,...

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