H-ton Fencers Look to Peak at County Championships

The Blue Devil fencers are headed to the Suffolk championships on Saturday.

February 01, 2017

The Huntington fencing team is prepped and ready to take on Suffolk’s best at Saturday’s county championships.

The Blue Devils have been trying to overcome numerous obstacles in recent weeks while remaining competitive in the face of tough competition. It hasn’t been easy.

Coached by Michelle O’Brien, Valinda O’Garra and Cheryl Feldman, the Blue Devils are led by girls’ team captains Lydia Witt (sabre), Cordelia Blair (foil) and Téa Khokhar (epee). Huntington boys’ squad captains include Dylan Bluemer (sabre), Dawson Wallace (foil) and Connor Grosso (epee).

“Both teams have been plagued by illness during the second half of the season, but we are hopeful everyone will be at full capacity for the county championship this coming weekend,” O’Brien said.

The Section XI championships are set for Walt Whitman High School on Saturday at 9 a.m. The Long Island championships pitting the best from Suffolk and the finest from Nassau will be held in Suffolk on Tuesday, February 7 at 6 p.m. at a site still to be determined.

At the recent Huntington Fencing Relay, the Blue Devils battled tough squads from across the region and compiled the following results:

• Girls’ sabre: 6th place
• Girls’ foil:10th place
• Girls’ foil novice: 3rd place
• Girls’ epee: 4th place
• Boys’ sabre: 7th place
• Boys’ sabre novice: 2nd place
• Boys’ foil: 7th place
• Boys’ epee: 4th place
• Boys’ epee novice: 3rd place

The Blue Devils are hopeful they can make a splash in Saturday’s county championship. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams feature a mix of veterans and newcomers.

A dozen Huntington fencers travel to Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf earlier this week. Ms. O’Brien works as a teacher at the school. The Blue Devil contingent provided fencing instruction to the Mill Neck students and learned about hearing loss.