AAFA’s Youth Fencers Set To Compete at Durham
The All-American Fencing Academy will have it’s largest contingency at a tournament at Durham during Midsouth Fencers Club Junior Progressive Open
Caroline Berger, Jeb Berger, Baker White, Madeline White and the head coach’s own son, Gabriel Guevarra will be vying for top positions against some of the states best youth fencers. Joining them will also be John Murray, Triston Li-A-Ping, and Ronnie Britton.
John Murray will be the lone Fayetteville fencer in the ages 13-16 category. Several fencers in that event have already made a name for themselves in North Carolina and this will be Murray second statewide event after a 19th place finish at Fayetteville’s Lafayette Open.
In the ages 7-10 category, Caroline Berger and Gabriel Guevarra will represent the All-American Fencing Academy, both in their first statewide tournament.
“Caroline and Gabriel are both very capable fencers. They’ve fenced against each other during our intramural tournaments several times, this time their team mates and I think they’ll enjoy this tournament.”
Gabriel Guevarra, although the son of head coach Gerhard Guevarra, is not coached by his father. The younger Guevarra is coached by John Page at the fencing academy.
Gabe previously took 1st place in a previous local youth tournament, followed very closely by Caroline Berger.
Caroline will also be accompanied by her brother, Jeb Berger. His teammates in the ages 9-12 category include Robbie Britton and Baker White.
Britton and White fenced at a youth tournament in Raleigh several months ago, and their placement greatly improved during the next local intramural tournament. The Britton and White team is formidable as they’ve faced other youth fencers in the state before. They state ‘they’re ready for them this time’.
Finally Triston Li-A-Ping and Madeline White will represent the All-American Fencers in the ages 11-14 category. This will be Li-A-Ping’s second state tournament after the Lafayette Open; this will Madeline White’s first state tournament.
Madeline is Baker’s elder sister and there’s been a feud brewing in the club. With tournament success and confidence under Baker’s belt, it’s been difficult for Madeline to topple her younger brother.