The BA fencing team was well represented at the Nov. 17 Catholic Memorial Invitational in Waukesha. Ten fencers competed in men's and women's foil and épée against teams from all over the Midwest.
Junior Saify Sobhani finished 24th out of 64 in men's épée, and sophomore Charlene Dysktra finished 27th out of 49 in women's foil. In women's épée, sophomore Jemma Kloss finished 21st out of 39.
This was the first meet of the season for many of the BA fencers including freshmen Nico Konitch and Megan Kratoska, who competed in men's and women's foil, respectively.
The Blue Knight fencers had their first taste of team fencing at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., on Saturday. The women's foil team got off to a good start with a comfortable 10-6 win over Marion Catholic of Chicago. They fought to an 8-8 tie in bouts with Deerfield only to lose 59-57. Indiana's Culver Military Academy steamrollered over them 15-1 before they bounced back and defeated New Trier 12-4. They finished with a 10-6 loss to University Lab School of Chicago.
All the girls won multiple bouts, with sophomore Emily Bannister leading with a 13-7 record.
The men's épée team had a tougher time against some strong opposition, and with two of its team new to the weapon. They fought hard, led by Saify Sobhani, and raised eyebrows with some surprising upsets, particularly by new team member sophomore Jack Hughes.
The next meet is at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Ill., on Dec. 8.
- Maitre Anthony Gillham,
Jemma Kloss, Student Reporter
The BA boys blew away two foes last week, beating Wayland Academy, 90-41, on Nov. 29 and Christian Heritage, 85-36, on Saturday.
The dynamic duo of Sean Clarey (62 points) and Domonique Criss (46) combined for 108 points in the two games to lead the way.
The Blue Knights led 32-18 and then it got ugly, as they outscored Wayland in the second half 58-23. Clarey had 33 points, including seven threes, and Criss added 24, going 7-for-10 from the free throw line.
In Saturday's win, it was 46-20 at halftime before BA went out and had a 29-9 third quarter. Clarey had 29 points with seven threes and Criss added 22, 6-of-7 from the line.
They host St. John's NW Military Academy on Dec. 7 and travel to Hope Christian on Dec. 11.
The BA girls split two games, beating Messmer, 43-33, on Nov. 27 and losing, 71-35, to Heritage Christian on Friday, both games on the road.
Trailing 18-14 at half against Messmer, the Blue Knights went on a 29-15 second-half tear to win going away. Kourtney Krohn had 13 points and Josie Francisc had 11.
In the loss to HC, they were buried 38-12 at intermission as Krohn led the way with 14 points.
Saint Joan Antida will play at Brookfield Academy at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
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