ELKIN - The Buckin’ Elks fencing team captured their seventh team state title since 2004 late last month at the North Carolina High School Fencing League Championships.
Led by sophomore captain Matthew Schumak and freshmen Lindsey Shinkle and Anna Taylor, Elkin bested large 4A schools Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill and local rival Bishop McGuinness to bring home the title in Winston-Salem on February 23.
In the final round of the tournament, Elkin saved its best fencing for the last match against powerhouse Chapel Hill.
The Elks won decisively, 5-0, to finish first, exacting two years of revenge at the tournament. Elkin brought home silver medals each of the past two seasons.
Schumak powered the Elks at the team championships, posting a perfect mark to improve his overall career record to 128-1 in two years. He was one of only two fencers to represent North Carolina at the National Junior Olympics in Baltimore on February 16.
Schumak and Elkin capped the season Saturday in Chapel Hill at the individual state championship tournament.
After a 12-hour day, the sophomore was just one of six fencers standing in a field that started with 72. Schumak survived three pools and 15 bouts and posted another perfect mark to capture the individual state title.
Schumak will compete at the National Fencing Championships in Columbs, Ohio this summer.
Elkin’s fencing team is coached by Carl Farmer, an Elkin graduate and former fencer.
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