"En garde!" Mason City Schools' Fencers are at the height of their game - earning top honors at the state and regional level. Both of Mason’s Division 1 and Division 2 Foil Fencing teams took second place at the Southwest Ohio High School Fencing Association League Tournament on March 12. Lydia Bischoff, a Division 1 Foil competitor, took second place in the Women’s Foil event at the Ohio High School Fencing Championship Tournament on April 2 in Columbus. Bischoff is an MHS freshman who has been fencing for about four years and began her career by taking an after school fencing enrichment class held at Mason Intermediate.
The Mason Fencing Club program offers students the opportunity to fence at school, and to compete on teams representing Mason City Schools against other Cincinnati area schools. Mason Middle School and Mason High Schools students who participated in the SOHFA Tournament on March 12 included seventh graders Emma Bischoff
and Matthew Hahn
, eighth grader Oliver Soper
, freshman Bischoff
, sophomore Andrew Hahn
, and senior Danielle Morey
The advisor for the fencing club is Lloyd Howell, whose son Ryan was the instructor/coach for the Monday sessions. The Howell's have a fencing club named "Salle du Lion Fencing Club" which organizes the SOHFA Leagues involving ten schools this year.