The Blue Knight fencing team completed their round-robin of dual meets on Jan. 15 at Maine West H.S. in Des Plaines, Illinois. The boys started out well with a comfortable 20-7 win over Evanston Township but then lost, 5-22, to New Trier, one of the strongest teams in the conference.

They never recovered and followed with unexpected losses to Deerfield/Highland Park, Maine West and Glenbrook South. Drew Godsell was the leading scorer for the Blue Knights with a record of 9-6, and Pranav Kulkarni recorded an 8-4 record in epee.

With a full team in epee this week, the girls went undefeated. Hope Schlosser's record for the day was 9-3, and she was ably supported by Skye and Clare McCoy, each with 7-5 records. The newcomers to the foil team have been thrown into the deep end but are steadily improving and scored wins of 7-2 over Maine West and 5-4 over Glenbrook South.

— Coach Maitre Anthony Gillham

Varsity girls basketball

Following a big conference win against rival Lake Country Lutheran, the girls basketball team hosted a nonconference game against the Cudahy Packers. The Blue Knights struggled to execute their offense against the Packers' intense defense.

With several 6-foot players, the Packers were able to grab offensive rebounds, which steadily increased their lead. The girls were held to 13 points in the first half and 20 points in the second half. The Blue Knights ended up losing the game with a final score of 55-35.  However, Theresa Wichser and Anika Washburn kept the Blue Knights in the game with 15 points and 10 points, respectively.

— Abigail Curran, student reporter

Varsity boys basketball

The Brookfield Academy varsity boys basketball team sits at 6-6 and tied for first place in the Midwest Classic Conference with a record of 5-1. Scoring has not been an issue for the team, as they average 70 points per contest.

The weakness and the area the Blue Knights need to improve on in the second half of the season is on the defensive side of the ball. Through the first 12 games, Alex Setzer leads the team in scoring at 19 points per game. He is followed by Aidan Clarey at 18 points per game and Zach Krohn at 13 points per game.

Jack Cahalane handles running the Blue Knights' offense and leads the team with just over 5 assists per game. Alex Setzer is averaging 14 rebounds per game and just under four blocks per game, which places him among the state leaders in those two categories. Expectations remain high for the team, as they contend with one challenge after another.

With the return of key players from extended injuries, the Blue Knights hope to get back on their winning ways as they travel to St Francis on Friday, Jan. 20, to face their conference rival.  BA then returns home next Tuesday, Jan. 24, to face Hope Christian, which is currently tied with the Blue Knights for first place in the conference.

— Coach Pat Clarey