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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