NJSIAA All State Teams

This post is long over due, but here are the Star Ledger’s 2012-13 All-State Team selections for New Jersey High School Fencing:

Boys Fencer-of-the-Year: Gabe Canaux (Montclair)
Girls Fencer-of-the-Year: Francesca Russo (Wayne Valley)

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Boys Team-of-the-Year: Columbia
Girls Team-of-the-Year: Northern Highlands

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BOYS FIRST TEAM

SABRE: Alex Gorloff, Ramapo; Andrew Doddo, Columbia; Khalil Thompson, Teaneck
FOIL: John Vaiani, Christian Brothers Academy; Drew Johnston, Hunterdon Central; George Haglund, Newark Academy
EPEE: Gabriel Canaux, Montclair; Cooper Schumacher, Pompton Lakes; Eric Gardner, Watchung Hills

SECOND TEAM
Sabre: Jarett Lewis, St. Peter’s Prep; Adam Carcione, Ramapo; Connor Mills, St. Augustine
Foil: David Kong, St. Peter’s Prep; Yashu Srivastav, Watchung Hills; Jared LeBron, Columbia
Epee: Max Gould, Columbia; Albert Reiss, Millburn; Sam Judd, Ramapo

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THIRD TEAM
Sabre: Michael Leung, West Windsor North; Wenrui Lu, Pingry; Danny Dembner, Millburn
Foil: Albert Zhang, North Hunterdon; Jake Schulman, Northern Highlands; Calvin Au, Bernards
Epee: Christian Aguilar, Moorestown Friends; Antonio Fuda, Christian Brothers Academy; Lars Swanson, Mendham

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ALL-PREP
Sabre: Jacky Lam, Lawrenceville; Nyle Neuman, Princeton Day; Rob Hedberg, Hun
Foil: Matt Giannotti, Princeton Day; Tom McNulty, Hun; Elijah Acevedo, St. Benedict’s Prep
Epee: Jong-Wan Kagabo, St. Benedict’s Prep; Matt Cavuto, Princeton Day; Max Nye, Princeton Day

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GIRLS FIRST TEAM

SABRE: Francesca Russo, Wayne Valley; Alisha Gomez-Shah, Wayne Hills; Allison Lee, Northern Highlands
FOIL: Sarah Pak, Northern Highlands; Samantha Viquiera, Columbia; Liana Yamin, Northern Highlands
EPEE: Amy Tong, Ridge; Katherine Couch, Montgomery; Brianna Valese, Livingston

SECOND TEAM
Sabre: Elysia Wang, West Windsor North; Alex Viquiera, Columbia; Julia Greene, Voorhees
Foil: Gabby D’Astoli, Hunterdon Central; Kristen Coury, Bernards; Nicole Vianni, Ranney
Epee: Lizzy Elkind, Bernards; Helen Sakharova, Bergen Tech; Sarah Redick, Mendham

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THIRD TEAM
Sabre: Katie Khaw, West Windsor North; Cindy Oh, Northern Highlands; Alicja Tomaszewski, Morris Hills
Foil: Anastasiya Muravyeva, Fair Lawn; Sophia Holmqvist, Northern Highlands; Kristen Kemnitzer, West Windsor South
Epee: Alaina Jennings, Gov. Livingston; Ashley Hahn, Bernards; Fiana Fong, Watchung Hills

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ALL-PREP
Sabre: Celeste Matsui, Lawrenceville; Claire Zau, Lawrenceville; Janice Luo, Lawrenceville
Foil: Tara Fish, Lawrenceville; Maria Chaves, Princeton Day; Annete Jeffs, Hun
Epee: Noelle Baptiste, Hun; Yang, Lawrenceville; Judy Zhu, Hun

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State Individuals Crowned

At the end of the NJSIAA fencing season, there are six new state champions. It was an exciting day at Montgomery High School as the following high school athletes topped the podium: Gabe Canaux (boys epee), Amy Tong (girls epee), George Haglund (boys foil), Sarah Pak (girls foil), Alex Gorloff (boys saber), and Francesca Russo (girls saber). In true dramatic fashion, the Boys Epee event ended with a three-way tie for 1st a fence-off for the title. Boys Foil and Girls Saber also had a two-way fence-off for the gold. All of the competitors should be really proud of their performances and for qualifying for this intense competition. Although only one person can win, each touch is a small victory in itself. Good luck to the seniors in their endeavors and now it’s time to start training for next season. 🙂

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For a more detailed report, following the links:Boys Results: http://www.nj.com/hssports/blog/boysfencing/index.ssf/2013/03/boys_state_individual_championships_results.html
Girls Results: http://www.nj.com/hssports/blog/girlsfencing/index.ssf/2013/03/girls_state_individual_championships_results.html

Team Champions

Congrats to the Columbia boys and the Northern Highlands girls on their NJSIAA Team Championships! I was at Morris Hills in Rockaway, NJ on Wednesday night and the room couldn’t have been more electric. The powerhouse team from Northern Highlands clinched their meet at 14-6 (out of 27 bouts, first to 14 wins) and rushed the strip for hugs and a team cheer. The final score was 18-9 over Montgomery.

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The gold medal match for the boys was a bit more dramatic…I mean REALLY dramatic. Lots of yellow cards, 4-4 bouts, overtime wins, emotions, and cheering. Watchung Hills lead the match until the end of the second round when Columbia’s epee squad tied the meet at 9-9. The score went back and forth until Columbia’s foil came up with big wins to put them in the lead. Once again, the meet fell to the epee squad and the meet was clinched at 14-12.

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The teams all fought well and the energy was so great for a fencing meet. The girls bronze medal was awarded to Columbia for defeating Livingston in a close bout. The Millburn boys took home the bronze against Ridge. It’s been a great season for all of these teams and they should all be so proud. The last event of the season takes place this Sunday at Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ for the NJSIAA State Individuals.

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Squad Champions

It was a great weekend for high school fencing in New Jersey. The top 16 squads in each of the three weapons fenced each other to determine who would be crowned the state’s Squad Champion. Congrats to Northern Highlands Girls for winning foil AND saber and to Bernards for claiming another state epee title. Congrats to Montclair Boys for their epee title (and a shout out to Gabe Canaux for making the Cadet World Team!), to Columbia Boys as saber championships, and to Hunterdon Central Boys as foil champs. A special congrats to Pompton Lakes on their bronze medal in epee, their first state placement in 10 years! Our production team was following this great group of guys on Sunday and below is a photo of our crew and the epee squad with Coach Owens.

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The season isn’t over yet. Wednesday night features the NJSIAA Team matches for bronze and gold at Morris Hills High School. Columbia Boys will face Watchung Hills for the gold and favored Northern Highlands Girls will face Montgomery for the state title. Bronze medal matches will begin the night with Millburn Boys taking on Ridge and Columbia Girls versus Livingston.

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JOs Recap

It was a very strange but exciting weekend to be at the Junior Olympics as a filmmaker and not a competitor. (I haven’t fenced at a JOs in 7 years, but it still feels like yesterday.) Following many events, days would begin at 7am and sometimes end at 11pm! Thankfully, events had scattered start times so the larger events would begin early and end at a reasonable hour. The largest was the Junior Men’s Epee event with 220 competitors and all of these kids have qualified through their division or had national points prior to the event. The sport is definitely growing and I was proud to see the strong NJ representation and my young teammates competing. 

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NYAC Junior Men’s Epee team wins in overtime to advance to the semi finals over DCFC.

ITVS Grant Application

It’s grant application season! I’m applying for my first grant tomorrow through ITVS, a public television support organization. I think the film would be a great special on television, so that’s why I’m applying. Here’s more about ITVS Open Call:

Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.

Proof that I’m in production, here’s another still from the Santelli tournament for your enjoyment:

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Epee Fence-Off for 1st Place, Bernards vs Mendham.