• Fencing Friday Afternoons in August

    Those “horse days of summer” Fridays can now be spent in our nice air conditioned fencing club.  Dark Horse fencing club will now be open on the following Friday afternoons in August:  1, 8 and 15 August.   Foil fencers are welcome between 1:00-3:00pm; epee fencers between 3:00-5:00pm; and sabre fencers between 3:00-5:00pm.  A structured lesson and pool or team bouts are planned.  The Friday program is for fencers 9 yrs old and older (veteran age, too), who have completed a beginners class and intend to fence competitively this new season of fencing, which begins, 1 Aug.

    If you are interested in coming, email Coach George: sabrist@earthlink.net

    All fencers should go to the USA Fencing website to renew their annual USA Fencing membership before the first class.  Print and bring a copy of your membership renewal receipt to class.

    All fencers must wear clean and appropriate fencing attire to class.  No short pants.

  • Keeping up to date with Dark Horse

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  • “Wolverine” makes “First Team” USA Fencing All-Academic Team

    USA Fencing and Absolute Fencing Gear partnered for the fourth straight year to recognize young fencers who have excelled in high school with All-Academic Team honors.

    All-Academic Team members were honored during a ceremony in Columbus, Ohio on June 30, 2014.

    Athletes with a GPA of at least 3.85 were named to the First All-Academic Team (FT). Dark Horse Fencing Club junior epeeist, Logan “Wolverine” Everts was selected for this honor.

    Second Team (ST) athletes included those whose GPAs were 3.7 – 3.84.

    Athletes with 3.5 – 3.69 GPAs were recognized on the Honorable Mention Team.

    The All-Academic Team members represent 36 states and 143 fencing clubs from across the United States.

    http://www.usfencing.org/news_article/show/400768?referrer_id=669372-usa-fencing-news

    All Dark Horse Fencing Club high school age fencers should consider competing for this honor next winter, as soon as it is announced. As you will see when you read the full length story at the web-link above, the top four fencers chosen from all those who across the country are honored (263 honored) receive a scholarship, too. This year two received $4000 scholarships and two received $1000 scholarships.

  • Annual Membership Business Meeting – June 23

    DHFC will be hold its annual membership business meeting next Monday, June 23. We will start at 7:30 PM, followed by an ice cream social (courtesy of the Church).

    Agenda:

    • State of the Club
    • Financial Report
    • Officer Elections
    • Ice cream!

    Please Join Us!

  • Club is closed Wednesday, 14 May, and Thursday, 15 May

    Church is preparing for a festival this coming weekend, so they need our fencing space.

  • “Doc” Bone sews up Battle of the Wilderness Sabre tournament

    On May 5, 2014, Dark Horse Fencing Club’s young triathlete (sabre, foil and epee), Emma “Doc” Bone overcame a hamstring problem in her lunging leg to triumph victorious at the sabre tournament that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Battle of the Wilderness, which was fought in the local area, May 5-7, 1864.

    In addition to winning a replacement sabre blade as first prize, she received a surprise antique collectible.  Dark Horse Fencing Club presented Doc with a sabre guard, engraved with the name of the late great fencing coach of Temple University, Charles Ash.  In addition, Coach Ash engraved his fencing nickname “John Carter of Barsoom”, which is a reference to the fictional Virginian hero who was transported to Mars in the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom” series.

    If Coach Ash were alive, we’re sure he would feel honored that “Doc” has his sabre guard to inspire her and her coaches as she prepares for the 2014 US Summer Fencing Nationals.

    2014 Class Picture

  • “Storm’n” Morgan blows through competition to win St. George the Dragonslayer Foil Tournament

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    “Storm’n” Morgan blows through competition at St. George the Dragonslayer Foil Fencing Tournament

    On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Sam “Storm’n” Morgan won the foil event on the second day of the fencing tournament hosted by Dark Horse Fencing Club , which is held to commemorate the feast day of St George.   Storm’n blew through the preliminary round winning all six of his bouts, which earned him #1 seed for the direct elimination round 10-point bouts. 

    The first quarter-finals match was between #3 seed, Paul “Brisco” Anderson, and #6 seed Victor “X-man” Kriska.  Brisco’s long-standing competitive experience was too much for X-man, who is in his first season of fencing.  Brisco won the match 10-2. 

    Following them was the match between #2 seed, Nicholas “Thornblade” Dunn and Carter “Panther” Harrison, #7 seed.  Behind 3-1, Panther changed his parry technique.  It had an immediate positive effect.  Panther leaped ahead 9-5 before the end of the first period.  Thornblade composed himself and came back for the second period with a new tactic.  He used his ability to control distance to keep Panther’s ripostes at bay.  Unable to reach his prey, Panther could not score the final point.  Instead, Thornblade’s counter-ripostes found Panther’s metallic hide for five unanswered points and the kill, 10-9. 

    Semi-final Round

    In the semi-finals, Storm’n defeated Emma “Doc” Bone, #5 seed, 8-7.  Doc led most of the way through the match and at one point was sailing along comfortably with a 7-2 lead — the calm before the storm.  Suddenly, Storm’n bore down with gale force ripostes and scored the next six unanswered points to win the match as time expired. 

    The other semi-final match was between Brisco and Thornblade.  Thornblade used a different tactic on Brisco.  Instead of fencing Brisco long-range, which is also Brisco’s forte, Thornblade opted to fight inside, drawing Brisco into in-fighting situations where he could leverage his superior in-fighting experience and quick staccato ripostes.  Unable to see and parry Thornblade’s ripostes, Brisco succumbed 10-8. 

    Y-10 Fence-off:  Carter and Victor fenced off one more time.  The winner of the 10-point match would win an electric foil donated by Coach Emeritus Franklin.   X-man held off Panther, 4-3, to win the foil.    

    Championship match

    Storm’n, a lefty, fenced Thornblade, a righty.  Both were 14-yr olds.  A great prize was at stake.  The champion would win a Viniti FIE maraging electric foil blade –Best in Class.   Thornblade had been struggling all day against lefties.  In the preliminary bout, Storm’n shut him out, 5-0.  Once again, Thornblade could not present the combinations of tactics to draw Storm’n into his strength.  Final score: 10-5. 

    Standings:

    1      Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, Y-14 & U-16 champion, Viniti FIE maraging electric foil blade –Best in Class

    2)    Nicholas “Thornblade” Dunn, Absolute Ultra FIE maraging foil blade

    3)    Paul “Brisco” Anderson Y-12 champion, Absolute Advanced Gold Elect Foil Blade

    Victor “X-man” Kriska Y-10 champion, electric foil

  • “Wolverine” wins St. George the Dragonslayer epee tournament

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    Left-to-right: “Wolverine” Everts, “Blade” Traylor, “Billy” Mitchell, and “Doc” Bone. Kneeling: Fencer X

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    “Doc” Bone awarded tied for 3rd place prize from Fencer X.

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    “Blade” Traylor awarded 2nd place prize, an epee, from Fencer X.

    “Wolverine” triumphs at the St. George the Dragonslayer Epee Fencing Tournament

    On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Logan “Wolverine” Everts won the annual Dark Horse Fencing Club epee tournament, which is held to commemorate the feast day of St George.   Wolverine entered the 15-point direct elimination round seeded #1.  In the semi-final round of the fantastic four, his first opponent was the aggressive, energetic, tri-weapon fencer, fourth seeded, Emma “Doc” Bone.  Doc is skillful and graceful to watch compete in each of the three fencing events: foil, sabre and epee.  Wolverine over-matched Doc’s talents, however, bringing to bear several years of highly competitive epee experience, cross-training athleticism and a “D”-rating.  Though their match was close through the first two points each, Wolverine settled down and with precision cruised to a 15-4 victory. 

    The second semi-final match of the evening was between second seed, Blake “Blade” Traylor, and third seed, Corey “Billy” Mitchell.  Through the first four points each the score was close, when “Blade” broke out to win the match, decisively, 15-4.

    The greater experience and skill of the D-rated epeeist, Wolverine, proved too much for the unrated, Blade, as Wolverine pierced Blade’s defenses on the way to a 15-8 victory. 

  • DHFC Closed Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014

    Dark Horse Fencing Club is closed today to ensure all our fencers, their parents and family, and the coach are safe at home from the storm.  The club will be open Thursday, 1 May 2014, at 6PM for foil and sabre practices.

    Respectfully yours,

    Coach George

  • Club Closure – 4-30-2014

    Fencers and Parents,

    Let’s not venture out this evening. The storm and it’s hazards may not be over.
    There may be trees down or coming down and standing water.

    I’ll see many of you tomorrow, usual time.

    Coach George