The defending state fencing champion Buckin’ Elks opened their title defense with a win Saturday at home.
Elkin bested the six-team field — Bishop McGuinness, Morehead, Reynolds, Salem Academy, Carlisle Academy — to win the first North Carolina High School Fencing League Tournament of the year. Bishop finished second.
Reigning state champion Matthew Schumak, coming off a perfect 66-0 campaign, opened with 10 wins in 10 bouts Saturday. Sophomore Lindsey Shinkle, the teams’ only other returning fencer, posted an 8-1 mark at the tournament.
Freshman Dakota Dudley-Doss also turned in a strong performance Saturday to pace the Elks.
Elkin is the lone 1A public school in the state with a fencing program, competing primarily against 3A and 4A schools. But the small numbers haven’t limited the Elks, who have captured seven state championships since 1996.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.