Congratulations to the Centennial High School Fencing team for an outstanding performance at the home tournament last weekend. The overall strong performance showed the depth of both squads.
Drew Walker once again led the men earning his second medal (silver) in just his second GHSFL tournament. Walker rose up from a 10th seed following the pools, marching through the DEs to the finals. Along the way he defeated teammates Nick Bray (round of 8) and Daniel Sanfelder (semifinals) before succumbing to the league’s number one fencer in the finals.
The men continued to show their overall team depth. Jermain Leon and fellow senior Sandfelder joined Walker on the medal stand, both earning bronze. Leon earned a 5th seed after the pools, performing well in the DEs before bowing out to the eventual winner. Sandfelder shook off a tough post pools seeding (27), recovering to earn his third career medal.
Although left off the medal stand, Seniors Bray, Duncan Hemauer, and Roman Cheek dominated in their pools, each going undefeated. Bray (6th) and Hemauer (7th) earned valuable points for the men, assuring they remain on top of the state rankings.
The ladies had 4 fencers score points (top 16 finishes). Maggie Fritts (5th), Olivia Katz (11th), Cursten Howard (14th) and Crystal Favorito (16) fought hard against a tough field. Fritts started and finished pools as the number one seed, but her day ended with a tough match in the round of 8.
The Knights next fence on October 21st at Lambert High School. Centennial will take on fencers from Alpharetta, Lambert, Milton, North Springs and Pinecrest.