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The Marian Fencing Team Completes Its 2016-2017 Season

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Conor Smith, Crown Staff

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As winter slowly turns into the spring, the 2016-2017 winter sports season comes closer to an end. Spirits warm up with the weather, but to some, this is a time of sadness as their season ends, or, as for the seniors, the last season they may ever play closes out. Such is the situation for Marian Central’s fencing team, as they come close to the end of their season.

The Illinois State Championship which took place on the 28th of January, officially ended their competitive season.They had a decent season this year, with several high placers against teams that were extremely tough to beat. With two experienced senior fencers, Leabin Markowski and Scott Reckamp,  and a crew of juniors and sophomores they made a well-rounded team in men’s and women’s foil, epee, and sabre. Markowski ended with a 29-7 season record, and now holds the team’s seasonal highest win-loss ratio. Of the four years Reckamp has been part of the program, the most critical part of his career was “[the] year when a lot of the more complex, obscure rules started clicking”, and “being able to teach others and watching them go from just beginning to being able to beat me.” Scott says he loves the way he has developed as both a fencer and a person, and enjoys seeing others grow in skill as well. He has fenced all four years at Marian alongside Leabin and he hopes the program improves as the years go on.

As the season ends, so do some careers, but as the next year rolls around, bright new faces will join and the team will improve. There will be wins and losses, ups and downs, but the memories of this year’s seniors and the lessons they have taught the program will last in the minds of those they have affected forever. As a coach once said, a team is only as good as its seniors, and the seniors have left a great impact on the great Marian fencing team for years to come.

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Conor Smith, Crown Staff

This is my first year joining the Marian publications team. I am a senior at Marian and I play three sports for my school: Football, wrestling, and lacrosse....

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