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Varsity boys basketball

The varsity boys basketball team opened the 2016-17 season with a 73-64 win over conference rival St. John's Northwestern Military Academy on Dec. 2.  The Blue Knights were led by Jack Cahalane and Alex Setzer with 18 and 17 points, respectfully. Daniel Halquist and Aidan Clarey contributed 13 points each, and Zach Krohn added 11 points in the victory. Setzer also contributed 14 rebounds and five blocks.

The Blue Knights are 1-0 and head off to play the largest school in Wisconsin when they face Kenosha Indian Trail on Dec. 6.  The team will be back home Dec. 9 for a showdown with Milwaukee Messmer.

The Knights are  63-2 in conference play over the last four years, and the two lone losses have come to Messmer.  We would love to have the Blue Knight Nation in attendance.

— Coach Pat Clarey

Fencing

The Blue Knights competed in the first round of the Midwest Conference Dual meets competition Dec. 3. The day got off to a rough start when neither the boys nor the girls could manage the superior speed and aggressiveness of the Chicago big-school teams. The boys went down to Adlai Stevenson,18-9, and Libertyville/Vernon Hills, 20-7.  The girls team, without a sabre team and composed of 50 percent freshmen beginners, went down to the same schools 27-0 and 24-3, respectively.

Things improved against some of the smaller schools. The boys righted the ship with a convincing 19-8 win, for the third year in a row, over crosstown rival Catholic Memorial. BA followed with a blowout over Marian Catholic Central, 23-4. The girls also did better with wins of 5-4 in both foil and epee over Marian Catholic and a close 5-4 loss in foil but a nice 7-2 win in epee against Catholic Memorial.

Individual standouts for the day were Pranav Kulkarni (10-2) and Matthew Schulgit (8-4) in epee, Jason Tan (8-4) in foil and Bryan Kratoska (8-3) in sabre. For the girls, Hope Schlosser had the best record (7-5) in epee, and newcomers Isabelle Krantz and Reena Singhal each contributed three useful victories. The team will continue to practice until the next round of meets on Jan. 7 at Chicago University Lab School.

— Coach Anthony Gillham

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