In The Schools

Randolph High School Fencing; Background on The Schools Most Underrated Team 

41694b4012e916aa775b_Fencing_Photo_3.jpg
b49de7731bf8641347d4_Fencing_Photo_2.jpg
a80b4d4b412f95a604f5_Fencing_Photo_9_.jpg
3b682161eda060debd52_Fencing_Photo_4.jpg
513756b07a63f955e730_Fencing_Photo_5.jpg
48cc063ff37714821ccf_Fencing_Photo_6.jpg
a1dcc85145268249d0f0_Fencing_Photo_7.jpg
e22c8cd5263d9ac59a04_Fencing_Photo_10.jpg
86040cf21ea88f6b14ce_Fencing_Photo_8.jpg
9480214d61744c7b9bbf_Fencing_Photo.jpg
41694b4012e916aa775b_Fencing_Photo_3.jpg

In The Schools

 

RANDOLPH, NJ--The Randolph High School fencing program may not be the most glamorous sports program in the school, nor is it the most popular. Some more mainstream sports that Randolph is successful in, such as hockey or basketball, overshadow the underdog fencing organization. However, the RHS fencing team has been consistent throughout the years, finding success in, and winning, numerous tournaments and meets.

One reason the Rams fencing program gets overlooked, might be the fact that many people do not know the rules.

Sign Up for E-News

The sport of fencing features competition using three different types of swords--epee, foil, and sabre--each of which follows different rules and styles. A bout ends when one of the two fencers competing reaches a score of five points.

Sabre is the weapon that is most similar to what one would consider traditional “sword-fighting.” In sabre bouts, fencers try to get the right of way. Whoever is advancing has the right of way and each touch of the blade earns the fencer one point. The person on defense who is retreating can try to regain the right of way, but he or she needs to “beat” the top of the opponent’s blade with his or her own blade in order to get the right away.

The fencer who is retreating can “parry,” which occurs when they (The fencer on defense) blocks the attack from the offense and reposts, or attacks, to get the touch.  The target areas for getting points in sabre fencing are the head, body. and arms.

Epee is a different sword, which has a button on its tip to sense a touch, which targets the whole body. Epee competition moves at a slower pace than sabre and the match lasts for a maximum of two minutes. Each fencer would try to get the right of way and get the touch and the point.

In foil, competition is played at epee’s pace, but the target area is only the chest. The fencers try to get the right of way and get the touch. If a fencer is on defense they can parry an attack and get the touch even though they do not have the right of way. The blade mechanics are the same as epee blade mechanics, there is a button on the tip of the blade and gets the touch if they touch the tip of the blade on the opponent’s target area, which is the chest.

Seniors Bryan Geiger and Sydni Nadler are the two captains of the boys and girls team respectively. In addition, there are captains for each blade: senior Sam Guttman and junior Rachel Davitt are the captains of the boys and girls epee team; senior Lucas Clemente and Nadler are the captains of the boys and girls foil team; and Geiger and senior Kristi Raymond are the captains of the boys and girls sabre team.

The Rams head coach is Mark Kuschke, the sabre coach is Adam Dorfman, the epee coach is Jaime Ayala and the foil coach is Mitch Dorfman. The RHS fencing team is in a district with nine other teams and fences in two annual tournaments.

RHS hosts the County competition for teams in the county. Districts is a tournament usually hosted by Hackettstown in January and, in order to qualify for states, each separate squad must rank at least fourth out of ten schools. There is also individual’s competition at Counties and Districts, the latter of which counts for state qualification.

The Randolph fencing team started out as a small club sport in 2005. The team officially became a varsity sport during the 2006-2007 season under head coach Lisa Hansell-Kuschke. Mitch Dorfman was with the team since it was a club sport and coach Mark Kuschke became the head coach in the 2009 season. Coach Adam started coaching in the 2014 season and coach Jaime started coaching in the 2013 season. The team has experienced a good amount of success, winning the conference multiple times, getting second in counties, placing top ten in states, and winning the Morris County championship. The most recent success occurred during the 2017-2018 fencing season when the girls sabre team placed first in districts.

This season, Randolph experienced greater success than it has in the past few years. During districts the entire boys team placed in the top four in all three weapons category, qualifying the team for states. In the process, Bryan Geiger, the sabre captain and captain of the whole team, acquired enough wins to make individuals and came in ninth. The epee captain, Sam Guttman, and junior Hunter Rodell both made individuals and placed in the top five in the district. Lucas Clemente, the foil captain, came in fifth place. The only girls squad that qualified for states was the girls sabre team, which placed first. Junior Julia Yellen and senior Bayla Gellerstein placed sixth and fifth respectively. 

The boys have earned a record of 7-4, while the girls have earned a 7-2 record so far this season.  The team looks to remain confident going into the hardest task ahead for this program, the state playoffs in late February.

Editors Note: Michael Cafero is a student at Randolph High School participating in a Journalism program with TAPinto Randolph

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Randolph

REA RELEASES STATEMENT ON RECENT EVENTS IN RANDOLPH COMMUNITY

June 12, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Randolph Board of Education (BOE) held a special meeting, at which they discussed the recent vote of no confidence by the Randolph Education Association (REA) regarding the leadership of Superintendent Jennifer Fano. In passing a resolution that unanimously expresses confidence in Superintendent Fano, along with their related statement, the Board unfortunately chose to ...

REF's Randolph Rocks 5K Photo Slideshow

June 16, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ-  Randolph Rocks "REF" 5K, 

https://youtu.be/q7BiGjKXDng

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend June 15-17

June 15, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Wondering what to do this weekend? Celebrate Dad by checking out the many activities and event happening in Morristown this weekend. have a great weekend everyone!

 

Friday June 15

David Heherty and the Live Off Tour; Mayo Performing Arts Center; 7:30pm

Bossa Nova Baby performed by Juliana Areias; Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre; 8pm

 

Saturday ...

Morris County Opens New Veterans Service Office

June 14, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A new Morris County Veterans Services Office and Veterans Administration Clinic located in Morris Township officially opened today in a ceremony that included the unveiling and dedication of a POW/MIA Chair of Honor for the county.
       
The Morris County Board of Freeholders and representatives of the Veterans Administration and officials of the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_6eb659167e8078ec870c_mini_magick20180522-118581-10400kz

Thu, June 21, 3:00 PM

Randolph Municipal Building, Randolph

Adult Immunization Clinic

Community Calendar

Carousel_image_44645b1f26bf55dec38a_coco

Fri, June 22, 2:00 PM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Films on Friday: Coco

Arts & Entertainment Education Health & Wellness Other

Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM

Mountain Lakes

Art at the Esplanade

Arts & Entertainment

Randolph School Bus Drivers Enjoy Appreciation Brunch

June 20, 2018

Randolph, NJ — More than 45 bus drivers and members of the transportation department gathered on Wednesday for an end-of-the-year appreciation brunch organized by district parent, Tracey Drazek, and funded by the Randolph Education Foundation (REF).

It was an unusual scene at the transportation department. Given the nature of their work, bus drivers and staff do not have the ...

First Ever Tie For Salutatorian Announced For Randolph High School Class of 2018

June 10, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- When it came time to recognize the top academic achievers for Randolph high school's class of 2018, the calculations revealed a "first ever" tie for Salutatorian.  After being averaged down to four decimal points, seniors Sydney Jenkins and Jenna Sandler were declared Co-Salutatorians for 2018.

Jenkins, who took 8 AP classes at RHS and is a ...

Immunotherapy Clinical Trial at Overlook Medical Center Reveals Brain Tumor Shrinkage, Continues with Phase 3 Study

June 20, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ -  Following successful Phase 1 clinical trials, the Toca regimen – a new immunotherapy for patients with recurrent brain cancer – has advanced to a Phase 3 study, which is currently underway. The trial is being conducted at 68 sites across the United States, Canada, Israel and South Korea, including at Overlook Medical Center’s Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor ...

Morristown Medical Center’s National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration Features Suzzanne Douglas as Keynote Speaker and Performer

The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center Celebrates 20 Years

Morristown, N.J – The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center celebrates its 20th Anniversary at its National Cancer Survivors Day event, Sunday, June 10 from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  The event is open to Carol G. Simon Cancer Center cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Twenty years ago, the ...

New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency

New Jersey Blood Services/New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency. The organization is asking people across New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area.

 

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually ...

NEW JERSEY VEIN AND VASCULAR CENTER HOSTS NEOCUTIS OPEN HOUSE

Randolph, NJ -  This Thursday – June 14th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – The New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center on Route 10 in Randolph will host an OPEN HOUSE introducing the NEOCUTIS line of pharmaceutical quality skin care products. NEOCUTIS is exclusively dispensed through select physicians and has become one of the world’s most trusted skincare brands. Their exclusive ...

Randolph Hebrew Registration is Now Open

RANDOLPH NJ- entering its 17th year, Randolph Hebrew of Morris County has opened registration to new students for the upcoming school year that is set to begin on Sunday, September 16.

Randolph Hebrew enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trend setter in creative Jewish education. It's well trained staff, cutting edge curriculum along with the teacher to student ration allows for ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...