CFFA update for December 3

A small event yesterday, but it did allow a couple of people to earn/re-earn ratings.  In the open foil Kyler Schoonmaker from the homeschool fencing class earned his E17 by defeating Will Golder, also of CFFA.  Another homeschool fencer, Phil Nazzaro and Seth Garrison  of UNCW (for about another week) tied for 3rd.  The epee was small, just 12 fencers and had a number of surprises.  In the final Daniel Freeman of Apex defeated CFFA’s Oliver Galbraith.  Seth took home another 3rd along with Kenyatta Sanford of CFFA.  In the E and under sabre Kenyatta earned another bronze which she shared with John Rea of the Wilmington Fencing Club.  Seth moved up to a silver, but lost to Erik Graf, who re-earned his E17.  We had a few WFC fencers and it is good to see their people getting back into competition.  Thanks to Paul and Herman for reffing, Brendan for getting the medals, and Clayton Olson for observing.
Wednesday night practice with UNCW from this Wednesday until after New Year’s
as they will be in finals and then gone.  Wednesday night classes will
still meet.  Everything else will be meeting.

9th is the next NCFL meet.  It is going to be at Chapel
Hill.  We need to start planning who is going, leave times etc.  I need
to hear from Hoggard so I know what I need to bring or get
people in to try on equipment.

December 15th will be the final classes for the year at Topsail and Camp Lejeune. 

16th is the next Homeschool League meet.  It will be at Oak Ridge.  It
will start about 1:30 pm, so we will plan to leave so we get there about
1 pm.  Let me know who is going so we can plan carpooling, etc.  If you
don’t have knickers, underarm protectors, etc. we will need to get you

16-17th will also be the Harry Rulnick tournament in Fayetteville. 
Saturday is unsanctioned mixed Y10 and Y12 foil.  Sunday will be
sanctioned foil, split by gender and a mixed epee event.  This year all
of the events are for unrated fencers.  This makes them very good events
for those of you who feel you are stuck being a U and want a reasonable
opportunity to earn that E.  It also makes it a good event for those of
you looking for that first USA Fencing competition.  If you are
interested let me know so we can get you set up.  Plus sign up on
askfred so they know you are coming.

Mid-South is sort of reversing the order that weekend for sabre.  They have Unrated opens for men and women, plus a U19 event on Saturday, then unsanctioned events for younger fencers on Sunday.

Monday/Wednesday evening class will finish on Monday, the 18th.  The
afterschool classes will finish on Tuesday, the 19th.  The last
homeschool practice for the year will be on Wednesday, the 20th.  I was
planning on coming in on Thursday evening, the 21st for practice.

(Research Triangle Fencing) is holding a foil/sabre camp December
27-30.  These are basically the Duke coaches, so it will be a solid,
more advanced camp.  See askfred for details.

The 28th seemed to be better for most of the people who replied concerning a one day camp from 9-5.  Cost would be $20 for the whole day.  The idea is to
work with people to improve their fencing, possibly getting them ready
for competitions.  All weapons would be welcome.  The further idea would
be to let parents drop youngsters off and have some personal time over
the vacation.  Or for older fencers to leave the kids/grandkids at home
and have some fencing time.  You would need to bring a lunch. 

I would then hang around for evening practice if there seems to be interest.

Be warned, after New Year’s everything starts back up quickly and keeps roaring on until about April.

The Old Man Winter tournament is the first Saturday of the year, January 6th.  It will have Open foil, Open epee, and veteran (40+) epee.  Start getting signed up.

All of our events for next spring are on askfred, including the Lynn Krupey Memorial Iron Maiden.  This is still the only 3 weapon event exclusively for women, so it would be good to get our people signed up soon to draw other women.

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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