Amera Youssef, 15, from Dana Hall practiced between bouts at the 8th annual Concord-Carlisle Invitational Fencing Tournament in Concord. One hundred and thirty-seven competitors from 14 schools, including Beaver Country Day, Browne & Nichols, Buckingham, St. John’s Prep, and Boston Latin, competed. Next
After an opening round-robin series of matches, the fencers were ranked for competitions to advance and challenge for a divisional title.
Pictured: Youssef put on her gloves as she practices between bouts. Next
David Blake, the varsity boys’ coach at Concord-Carlisle and a former member of the school’s fencing team, started the invitational in 2005.
Pictured: Jacob Hession-Kunz, 18, of Concord-Carlisle (left) takes on Will Cunningham, 17, of BU Academy in the finals. Next
“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Jacob Hession-Kunz, an 18-year-old senior captain from Concord, who tied for second in the senior men’s saber division. “I get to fence a ton and my teammates get a chance to compete.”
Pictured: Hession-Kunz practiced between bouts. Next
The players competed in three categories divided by weapon: épée, the heaviest weapon with the largest target area; foil, a lighter weapon where points are earned by hitting the torso; and saber, deployed in slashes above the waist.
Pictured: A competitor held their blade. Next
Twenty-five total matches were played over the course of the invitational.
Pictured: Brianna Kirkland, 17, of Huntington, N.Y. (left,) fenced with Natalie Ma, 15, of Concord-Carlisle. Next
“I’ve really tried to get them to cheer for each other,” Blake said of his team. “Fencing, historically, we golf clap and it’s kind of quiet and subdued. As the team got stronger, I encouraged them to get louder to the point where we were using noisemakers. Other teams, at first, were shocked . . . but eventually other teams started coming with noisemakers.”
Pictured: Alexandra Bernard (left,) 17, of Beaver Country Day School fenced with Hanae Wada, 15, of Huntington, N.Y. Next
Up next for Concord-Carlisle is the Huntington tournament on Jan. 25 and 26. The state championship is Feb. 9 at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge.
Pictured: Blades laid on the floor at the tournament. Back to the beginning
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