By Ben Goldstein
The fencing team will begin its campaign to win its sixth consecutive league championship on Oct. 13.Â This date marks the Southern California Scholastic Fencing Leagueâs first tournament of the season, an individual foil event, at Chaminade High School.
Eric Arzoian â09, the teamâs top individual saber, believes his team is in good shape to repeat last yearâs season.
âWe want to keep hold of the trophy and win league,â he said. âIâm pretty confident in our team, and I think we can do it again.â
Arzoian is not just a standout player at school. He has fenced around the world, recently participating in tournaments in Poland and Venezuala. In his 2006 trip to Poland, Arzoian competed in the World Cup and finished in 10th place in the 16 and under division.
Michael Raynis â10 and Carter Chang â08 are considered the teamâs top individual male epÃ©es this season by others on the team.
Chang is spending his second season as one of the captains of that epÃ©e teams.
âThis season we want to focus on individual technique and everyoneâs mindset,â Chang said. âAs a captain, I have to make sure everyone is improving and keep people motivated.â
Raynis credited epÃ©e co-captain Katie Barcay â08 and Courtney Kelly â11 as the top individual girlsâ epÃ©es.
The squad, which practices three days a week, is led by head coach Ted Katzoff and assistant coach Al Carter.
âThere are a lot more players on the team this year,â Raynis said. âThis will help us, because the more players there are, the more chances there are to win points for the school team.â
The league title at the end of the year is awarded to the team with the most points accumulated in competitions over the course of the season.
âWe didnât do as well in some of the events last year like the team epÃ©e competition,â Raynis said. âThis year I think it is very possible that weâll win this year.â