Tuesday, November 22, 2011

CMH Hosts Fencing Tournament

More than 340 high school fencers from across the Midwest competed at Catholic Memorial High School on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Midwest High School Fencing Invitational. Six states were represented: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, and Kansas. This is the biggest meet among the eleven schools in the Great Lakes Conference.

Catholic Memorial’s Varsity Fencing Team consists of 41 athletes, of those, 4 made it to the final rounds. Justin Vavra, Men’s Foil, placed 3rd overall; Maggie Clay, Women’s Foil, placed 5th, while Jess Furrer, also in Women’s Foil, placed 8th; Melissa Schobert placed 7th in Women’s Epee, as well. In addition to these finalists, 8 CMH athletes placed among the top 16 overall in all weapons.

Catholic Memorial’s Fencing Team has been competing for 34 years and seventeen of our Fencing Alumni returned to referee Saturday’s event. Former CMH fencers Dan Torchia, ’82, and Adam Puzach, ’08, are the assistant coaches under Head Coach, Mike Sampon who is in his 39th year as art teacher at CMH.

CMH is proud to have graduated athletes who have gone on to fence as the first alternate for the USA Team at the Junior World Championships in Brazil, coach at the Air Force Academy, compete in varsity programs at Northwestern, Notre Dame, Columbia, Ohio State, Michigan State, Air Force Academy, UW-Madison, and others. CMH fencing athletes have won Big Ten Championships, fenced for the NCAA National Championship Team at Notre Dame, and on teams winning #2 in the NCAA National Championships (Penn State) and #3 in the NCAA National Championships (Ohio State.) Many alumni have earned national ratings.

This quality coaching staff offers a summer Fencing Camp for students entering 4th grade through adults. Watch for details on this camp and many more of CMH's summer academic and athletic camps available in February.

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