Tag Archives: West Lafayette High School Fencing Club

24-Hour Fence-a-thon @ WLHS

24-hoursWe’ve discussed this in practice, but here’s the information from the WLHS Fencing Club’s website:

WLHSFC will be fencing for 24 hours – non-stop – one strip, to raise money for the WL Summer Back Pack Program. This program helps take care nutritional and financial needs of local families over the summer months. This is a great local program!

We want to encourage the public to show up and support this and watch some fencing! We will be collecting donations during the event. Doors closed to public between 11:00pm Friday to 7:00 am Sat. $5.00 per fencer minimum donation – all donations accepted!

Click on the following link for more information – http://www.facebook.com/events/1433161756927002/. I hope to see you there!

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Results – Harrison @ WLHS Fencing Club

Yesterday’s meet at West Lafayette High School Fencing Club was great fun! The meet started out with individual events for mixed foil and mixed épée, and then finished with a One-Touch Épée event. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Big thanks to WLHS Fencing Club for hosting the event and sharing equipment, and also to our esteemed directors, Mark Brandyberry and Paul Geraci with River City Fencing!

We did not have any fencers in the épée event, so West Side obviously dominated in that event. In foil, our fencers finished in the following places: Jack Stuckey – 1st, Alex Mohler – 2nd, Logan Kyle – tied for 3rd, Sam Schmalzried – 5th, Sarah Motley – 7th, Jacob Ashman – 8th, and Heather Bucher – 9th. Well done, everyone!

The official results from yesterday’s meet at are now posted on AskFRED – http://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=25460

Upcoming Meet: Harrison vs. West Lafayette

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Ol’ Man Winter is still fighting us, but the rescheduled meet at West Lafayette will be this Saturday, February 1 at the Burstfield Gym (Salisbury and Lindberg). The meet is free for WLHS and Harrison fencers, and WL will provide electric equipment for us to use. So, if you haven’t fenced before, this is a great opportunity to fence in a live bout for the first time with little to no costs involved.

Sign up on AskFRED – http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=25460

The doors open at 2:00 pm, and spectators are welcome (family, friends, school mascots, etc.). Since we will not have much time prior to events starting, perhaps we can meet about 1:15 pm at the Faith West Community Center to get warmed-up and stretched for the upcoming bouts (without gear). Leave a comment down below if you would like meet before the event for warm-ups.

If you will be competing, bring snacks and water since there will be no concessions. As always, if you have any questions, just let me know. We still have to keep an eye on the weather–the forecast is showing a 50% chance for snow on Saturday though I haven’t found anything suggesting any significant accumulation. If you’re on Facebook, stay tuned through our group page.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you there!

New Tournament – RDFC Invitational

RedDevilLogoWe have a change in our tournament schedule for this season. Instead of participating at the Indiana Middle and High School Championship scheduled for February 22, we will be going to the RDFC Invitational in Lowell. I’ve made the change to the Events page as well as to the Calendar. Please note the change in your personal calendars.

UPDATE: The entry fee will be $20 per fencer per weapon.

The RDFC Invitational is open only to the following high school teams: Red Devil Fencing Club (Lowell HS), Marian Catholic HS (Chicago Heights, IL), Homewood-Flossmoor HS (Homewood, IL), University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Chicago, IL), Harrison HS, West Lafayette HS Fencing Club, and Northwest Indiana Fencing Club (St. John, IN). This is another ideal tournament for us as a club since there will be a good number of fencers participating but not so large that our heads will be spinning!

At the beginning of February, I will distribute the participation/permission forms for this tournament. If you intend to compete, you can let me know well in advance so that I can make the appropriate arrangements for equipment and transportation.

Tournament and Meet Schedule 2014

South Korea's Jiyeon Kim celebrates winning against Russia's Sofya Velikaya at the end of their women's sabre individual gold medal fencing match at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 1, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Max Rossi

South Korea’s Jiyeon Kim celebrates winning against Russia’s Sofya Velikaya at the end of their women’s sabre individual gold medal fencing match at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 1, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Max Rossi

Happy New Year!

With the start of a new calendar year, we are now entering the competition season for high school fencing. I’ve pulled together a short list of competitions for our fencing club. Prior to each event, I will send out a sign-up sheet for the upcoming tournament with key information. If you plan to compete at an event, I will need you to return the sheet with the information requested so that I can make the appropriate arrangements for equipment and transportation.

I’m excited about competition season, and I’m looking forward to seeing how each of you will do this year! As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Harrison High School Fencing Club
Fencing Meets and Tournaments 2013-2014

JANUARY

Jan 11 – Midwest High School Open
HHSFC will not be attending this event as a team–this is an optional event open to individual fencers
Steinbrenner Athletic Center
Culver Academies
1300 Academy Rd., Culver IN 46511
Pre-registration is required, $25 per fencer
See details at http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=24330

Jan 18 – Great Lakes Junior Varsity Championships
(A Harrison athletic bus has been reserved for this event)
Marian Central Catholic HS
1001 McHenry Ave., Woodstock, IL  60098
Pre-registration is required, $20 per fencer
See details at http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=24586

FEBRUARY

Feb 1 – (Tentative) HHSFC vs. West Lafayette HS Fencing Club
West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School
Pre-registration is required, no cost to Harrison fencers

Feb 8 – St. Valentine Massacre USFA Sectional Event
HHSFC will not be attending this event as a team–this is an optional event open to individual fencers
Culver High School Gym
Culver Academies
1300 Academy Rd., Culver IN 46511
USFA Membership required (can be purchased at the venue if you are not a current USFA member)
Foilists – conductive bib will be required
Entry fee – $20 per event, late fees $25 per event
Close of registration will be 15 minutes before the start of the event
See details at http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=24584

Feb 22 – Indiana Middle and High School Championship
Steinbrenner Athletic Center
Culver Academies
1300 Academy Rd., Culver IN 46511
Pre-registration is required, $25 per fencer
See details at http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=25038

MARCH

TBD – Red Devil Fencing Club Tournament
Lowell High School, Lowell, IN
As soon as the date is finalized, I will pass on the information.

TBD – West Lafayette Rumble
As soon as the date and location are finalized, I will pass on the information.

Upcoming Meet: Harrison vs. West Lafayette

86518613_XSOur first pre-season meet is just around the corner! We are fortunate that we have a rival that is just a few miles down the road from Harrison (make traveling easy) and that they are willing to let us use some of their electric equipment in order to compete. So first things first–who is ready for an official bout?

If you are ready for this competition, then you’ll need to sign up for the meet via AskFRED.net. AskFRED is the adopted website of the fencing community that allows us to organize tournaments, meets and even clinics. There is no cost to register at the site (it’s free!), and in this case, there is also no cost for the upcoming dual meet at West Lafayette. We will be referring to this site again in the future for other events.

If you are not yet registered at AskFRED, go to my previous post, Getting Ready for Competitive Fencing, and follow the steps outlined in the article. Once you’ve completed setting up your profile, you can then proceed to register for the meet.

If you are already registered at AskFRED, navigate to the page for the WL vs. Harrison Pre-season event. Click on the link Preregister and follow the instructions on the screen. If for some reason you find that you will not be able to attend, please UN-register yourself from the meet at AskFRED. Tournament organizers spend a lot of time making sure that they have all the resources need to make a tournament or meet run smoothly (referees, equipment, fencing strips, volunteers, etc.). If you decide that you will not be competing after you have already registered, simply log in to AskFRED again and un-register yourself. It’s easy, and it will save a lot time and energy later.

Plan on arriving early enough to get warmed up and stretched. The first event begins at 3:00 pm, so arrive no later than 2:30 pm. For those of you who are interested, we can meet for lunch beforehand at Cafe Literato–we can discuss times at practice.

As always, if you have any questions on any of this, just let me know.

Link to the Harrison vs. West Lafayette Dual Meet – http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=24943

Map to Burtsfield Gym, 1800 N Salisbury St, West Lafayette, IN, 47906 – http://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=1800+N+Salisbury+St%2C+West+Lafayette%2C+IN%2C+47906&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x8812fd44d94a1aed%3A0xb5cca9b99d9c6fd6!3m8!1m3!1d67425!2d-86.9168429!3d40.452656!3m2!1i1109!2i1066!4f13.1!4m2!3d40.443345!4d-86.9128922