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Concord-Carlisle fencing program at the head of the class

Fencers competing at Sunday’s Concord-Carlisle Invitational included (from left) Alexandra Bernard, Hanae Wada, and Jacob Hession-Kunz.
Fencers competing at Sunday’s Concord-Carlisle Invitational included (from left) Alexandra Bernard, Hanae Wada, and Jacob Hession-Kunz.Photos by Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

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CONCORD – David Blake speaks about his four years as a member of the fencing team at Concord-Carlisle High School with a tone that is both pleasing and captivating.

His voice takes on an infectious, almost cadenced, quality.

Now in his 15th season at the helm of the varsity boys’ fencing team at his alma mater – the only public high school in the state with such a program – Blake can still vividly recall his biggest individual victories.

On Sunday day, however, Blake’s stream of conscious reflections is quickly snapped. He, along with C-C girls’ coach Ariana Klinkov oversaw a field of 137 competitors (representing 14 schools), ranging from freshmen to seniors, that fenced across six divisions determined by sex and weapon type.

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