CFFA update for June 18

Results from the Powerade State games:
On Saturday, Robert Thomas fenced in the men’s epee and came away with the silver medal in the veteran’s category.  On Sunday, Samantha Milewski was number 1 seed coming out of the pools in the Women’s open epee, but lost a back and forth battle to Samantha Wolstenholme-Britt in the semis.  Our Sam took the bronze for the open and silver for the Junior (Under 19).  In the same event, Erica Julien actually beat Sam W-B in the pool and came out with the silver medal for veteran’s epee.  In the open men’s foil, Will Golder had a solid first round, only losing one bout.  He lost a 14-15 match in priority and ended up 6th overall.  Captain Phillips took a bronze in the Men’s open sabre and a gold for the Vets.  Finally, in the Mixed Youth 12 epee event, Nicole Milewski won the gold.  It was the third consecutive, and last time, that she can do that.  Congratulations to everyone.
We
are looking at redoing the floor this summer.  To have it ready for
camps we will probably use the week of July 4th.  Volunteers who want to
paint or help with lacquering once painted are welcome.  We may try to
do about 1/2 at a time so we can keep fencing.  Hopefully we will not
have a cloudburst before the lacquer and paint are set this time.
The other volunteer task that we can use some help with is that it is that time of year to try and get through all the jackets and wash them.  Most jackets can be machine washed, but then need to line dry.  If you are willing to help and can get them back quickly, let us know.
Tuesday/Thursday practice for the younger set at 6:30 pm with adults to follow.  On Wednesday, at 9 pm I will have a meeting about next year’s NCFL situation.  I believe I have reached out to all the fencers or parents thereof who might be eligible, but if I missed anyone you are certainly welcome.  Standard Camp Lejeune practice Friday.

For
our Saturday practice on June 24th, the Salle New Bern people are
planning to come down.  It would be nice if we had a crowd for them to
fence.  Some of them have also been coming down on Thursdays, so there
are plenty of people to fence that night (primarily epeeists.)

Getting
closer to the camps, so please let me know if you are coming (if you
haven’t already).  It helps me to plan for numbers and also to tailor
the camp to the level of those who will be attending.  Additionally I am
getting ready to order camp T-shirts, so sizes would be helpful.

Early next season is starting to shape up.  The first weekend (August 5-6) is an RJCC (Regional Junior Cadet Circuit) event in Greensboro.  That means that this event will give regional points for the southeast US, but being this early in the season will probably attract fencers from all over the country in the cadet and junior age groups.  Cadet is ages 13-16 and junior is ages 13-19.  This particular one is only foil and epee.  This makes it an excellent event for those of you in those age groups who are looking to move up from local events.  There are also mixed adult foil and epee, but although they will probably be strong events will not give regional points.

The next week is Mid-South’s Big Blue.  Epee will almost certainly be an A.  Sabre will be at least a B and should be an A.  Right now foil is all Us.

pax vobiscum,
 
Greg Spahr
Head Coach
Cape Fear Fencing Association

“The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.” Damon Runyon

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