Youth and juniors from Chester Knights, Amelia Steel, Mechanicsville and Dark Horse fencing clubs held a foil and epee scrimmage Friday evening, 20 February, entitled Battle along the Rappahannock, to commemorate the birthday month of America’s great music composer and conductor, John Williams.
In the Junior Epee Event, Logan “Wolverine” Everts (Dark Horse) won the gold medal by the score of 9-3 over Emma “Doc” Bone (Mechanicsville) who won the silver medal, and Cory “Mattern” Mitchell (Dark Horse) won the bronze medal.
In the Y-12 Mixed Foil Event, Anna “Thornblade” Dunn (Dark Horse) won the bronze medal, Evin Gwaltney (Amelia Steel) won the silver medal, and Carter “Panther Joppich” Harrison (Dark Horse) won the gold medal by the score of 15-12.
Two Cadet mixed, composite foil teams formed to compete in a team relay match. Team District 13 captained by Paul “Brisco Baldini” Anderson (Dark Horse) included Ms. Taylor Davis and Nick “Miles CW” Dunn (Dark Horse). Team Three Musketeers captained by Tim Armstrong included Gavin “Giorgio Avola” Cornell (Dark Horse) and Mitchell Brooks. “Brisco” and “Giorgio” started the action fighting to a 5-4 decision in favor of team District 13. Tim Armstrong brought Three Musketeers back, however, with a decisive 6-0 victory over Taylor Davis. With bouts tied 1-1, and team score 10-5 in favor of Three Musketeers, Nick and Mitchell faced off in bout three. Inspired by his US foil champion hero, Miles Chamley-Watson, Nick answered District 13‘s need by propelling District ahead, 15-11, outscoring Mitchell, 10-1. The match continued to seesaw with the 4th bout, as Gavin, inspired by Italian foil champion hero, Giorgio Avola, brought Three Musketeers right back with a 9-4 victory over Taylor Davis.
The 5th bout proved to be the breakout opportunity for team District 13. “Brisco” won the bout over Mitchell, 6-1, enabling District 13 to pull ahead for good, 25-21.
In the 6th bout, “Miles” padded District‘s lead, 30-24, with a victory over Tim. Taylor made an awesome contribution for team District 13 as she successfully fenced Mitchell to a 5-5 tie in the 7th bout.
“Giorgio” almost pulled Three Musketeers back into a tie, by outscoring “Miles”, 7-5, in the 8th bout. With the score 40-36 in favor of team District 13, the two strong captains crossed swords for the final bout. Tim had physical advantage able to outreach Brisco; but Brisco had more experience which he poured out en route to District 13‘s victory, 45-37.
Special appreciation to Coach Mark Logan for refereeing the epee event and all the parents of Amelia Steel and Chester Knights for coming the distance to Fredericksburg, VA in frigid arctic like cold weather to make the scrimmage a memorable event. Pictures will be forthcoming.
Also, Dark Horse is very grateful to John and Lucy Bone, Nettie Dunn, and Maura Harrison, for setting up the strips, equipment troubleshooting, bout committee duty, refreshments, and photography.
Another inter-club scrimmage is being planned in the spring, possibly April 24th.
On Monday, 23 Feb, Paul Anderson, Nick Dunn, and Gavin Cornell held a fence off to determine who is Dark Horse’s best Cadet foil fencer. It had been planned that Friday’s scrimmage would determine the fact; however, the results were inconclusive. So, at practice Monday, the Cadets fenced a preliminary round to warm-up, then a direct elimination round of 15 touch matches. Paul was triumphant! He settled the matter by defeating Nick, 15-10. Paul was awarded a Leon Paul FIE electric foil for his accomplishment by the scrimmage’s sponsor.