GHS girls working on strong fencing season

By Scott Appleton - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Tue., Jan. 25, 2011
The girls of the Griswold High School fencing team are having a winning season.
The girls of the Griswold High School fencing team are having a winning season. Photos by Scott Appleton.

At Griswold High School, the fencing team has been well on the whole, but the girls are having an especially good year. So far this season, they have posted three wins and only one loss, against Norwich Free Academy. The team doesn’t mind having lost to NFA because it is such a large school and NFA is undefeated this year, as of press time.

The GHS fencing team’s head coach, Daryl Schlender, is very proud of his fencing girls. They have performed to his expectations and he has great confidence in their ability to place high at the ECC tournament later this season.

The boys have won one tournament and lost three this season. Schlender said, “With the boys we’re not looking too bad, but with the girls we are pretty well situated.” With the seven seniors on the team soon to graduate from GHS, the coach said he is looking to recruit more boys.

The fencers at GHS are in high spirits. It shows in their smiles and the energy they are pouring into their practice sessions. The seniors said they will be sorry to say goodbye to fencing. Some pointed to the expense of equipment as a hindrance to continuing the sport in college. They also pointed out that fencing is not offered at all colleges. But, regardless of whether they continue fencing beyond high school, the girls have mastered the foil and they have the record to prove it.

Coach's Corner:

Griswold High School Fencing Head Coach Daryl Schlender

Thoughts on the season:
“Unlike other sports, fencing does not feed in from the middle schools,” Schlender said. “We have seven seniors, so we’ll be losing those players this year. Right now the team has good depth with the girls. This season has been good. From a girls’ standpoint, my expectations are to win second place in the ECC tournament.”
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Allison Mis
“I’m going to miss fencing, but I definitely want to go out with a bang this season,” Mis said. “Hopefully, we can place second in overall points in ECC wins. Fencing [costs] a lot of money for gear, so I’m not sure if I’m going to continue in college. I’ll probably go into engineering.”

Jackie Longacre
“Fencing is another thing I’ll be leaving behind [after graduation]. But a lot of people I started fencing with, the seniors I know, keep graduating,” Longacre said. “I like getting out on the strip, that adrenaline rush. I think that’s what I’ll miss most about fencing. I’m not sure if I’ll continue fencing after high school.”


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