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Newsday's All-Long Island fencing teams 2018

Meet Newsday's All-Long Island boys and girls fencing teams for the 2017-18 winter season.

Newsday Boys Fencer of the Year: Bennett Cohen, Jericho, Sr.

Cohen started his season winning the epee title
Photo Credit: James Escher

Cohen started his season winning the epee title at the prestigious Brentwood Holiday tournament and ended it by helping his Jericho team dethrone 10-time defending Long Island champion Ward Melville. In between, he went 23-0 in regular-season dual meets and captured his second epee title in the Nassau individual championship.

"It's good to end my senior year with a win after starting it with the Brentwood tournament," Cohen said.

Cohen, a four-time Nassau finalist and the consummate teammate, took on a leadership role and even talked about giving his teammate pointers in their all-Jericho epee county final. "All these years on this team are finally coming to an end," Cohen said. "What else could I ask for?"

Suffolk Fencer of the Year; Jake Hempe, Newfield, Jr.

As a defending county champion, Jake Hempe entered
Photo Credit: James Escher

As a defending county champion, Jake Hempe entered this season with heightened expectations and didn't miss a beat. Hempe went 32-1 in dual meets and captured his second foil title by going 7-1 in the round-robin finals of the Suffolk championship.

Philip Acinapuro, Garden City, Sr.

He defended his Nassau foil championship after going
Photo Credit: James Escher

He defended his Nassau foil championship after going 30-2 in dual meets during the regular season.

Charlson Kim, Commack, Soph.

The Suffolk sabre champion went 24-5 in regular
Photo Credit: James Escher

The Suffolk sabre champion went 24-5 in regular season dual meets.

Ben Rogak, Ward Melville, Jr.

Went 28-2 in dual meets en route to
Photo Credit: James Escher

Went 28-2 in dual meets en route to winning his second straight Suffolk epee championship. His season record was second-best in boys epee in Ward Melville history.

Jonathan Sheng, Jericho Jr.

He went 22-2 in regular-season dual meets and
Photo Credit: James Escher

He went 22-2 in regular-season dual meets and won the county championship in sabre.

The All-Long Island boys fencing team

Front row, from left: Suffolk Fencer of the
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Front row, from left: Suffolk Fencer of the Year - Jake Hempe, Newfield; Nassau Fencer of the Year, Bennett Cohen, Jericho; Philip Acinapuro, Garden City. Back row, from left: Jonathan Sheng, Jericho; Ben Rogak, Ward Melville; Charlson Kim, Commack.

Newsday Girls Fencer of the Year: Julia Duffy, Ward Melville, Sr.

She won both the Suffolk individual championship and
Photo Credit: James Escher

She won both the Suffolk individual championship and the Brentwood Holiday Tournament in epee. She helped lead her team to a Long Island championship and finished the season 28-0 in dual meets, making her the only epeeist in school history (boys or girls) to finish a season undefeated. Duffy ends her career with an 86-31 record and a 74 winning percentage. "She concentrated this year on maintaining focus throughout each bout," coach Jeff Salmon said. "She was an inspiration."

Nassau Girls Fencer of the Year: Shannon Sarker, Great Neck North, Sr.

She went 22-4 in dual meets and won
Photo Credit: James Escher

She went 22-4 in dual meets and won her second consecutive Nassau sabre championship. She was 55-6 in dual meets over the past two seasons.

Bridget Becchina, Ward Melville, Sr.

She went 30-2 in dual meets and won
Photo Credit: James Escher

She went 30-2 in dual meets and won the Suffolk individual sabre championship.

Anna Lin, Jericho, Jr.

She helped lead the Jayhawks to the county
Photo Credit: James Escher

She helped lead the Jayhawks to the county title and also won the Nassau individual title in epee after going 31-4 in dual meets.

Sophia Shen, Cold Spring Harbor, 8th grade

She went 31-2 in dual meets and won
Photo Credit: James Escher

She went 31-2 in dual meets and won the Nassau individual championship in foil.

Ivanna Zavala-Arbelaez, Ward Melville, Jr.

Went 31-4 in dual meets and won the
Photo Credit: James Escher

Went 31-4 in dual meets and won the Suffolk foil championship.

The All-Long Island girls fencing team

From left: Ivanna Zavala-Arbelaez, Ward Melville; Bridget Becchina,
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

From left: Ivanna Zavala-Arbelaez, Ward Melville; Bridget Becchina, Ward Melville; Suffolk Fencer of the Year - Julia Duffy, Ward Melville; Anna Lin, Jericho. Not pictured: Shannon Sarker, Great Neck North, Sophia Shen, Cold Spring Harbor.

Boys and Girls Coach of the Year: Seth
Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

Boys and Girls Coach of the Year: Seth Skolnick, Jericho

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