On Jan. 21, the Brookfield Academy fencers traveled to Woodstock, Illinois, for the "first- and second-year " student tournament.

Their stay at Marian Central Catholic High School was prolonged when Hope Schlosser took it all the way and became BA’s first gold medal winner in any fencing event by winning the girls epee competition. In girls foil, Reena Singhal did well to place 18th out of the 44 entries.

In the boys events, Sam Weinberg also earned a medal, placing seventh out of 50 entries in boys foil.  In the boys sabre event, Nick Chang had his best day, placing in the top half of all competitors.

— Coach Maitre Anthony Gillham

Varsity girls basketball

Last week was a successful one for the BA girls basketball team.

The Blue Knights started off the week with a conference matchup against the Messmer Bishops. The team came out strong and held the Bishops to 10 points in the first half and 14 points in the second. The team displayed strong defense and communication throughout the entire game, resulting in a 61-24 win. Scoring leaders for this game were Theresa Wichser with 19 points and Jordan Kobliska with 14 points.

The Blue Knights headed to Catholic Central for the second game of the week. This was a tough nonconference matchup, but the Blue Knights fought with intensity and determination, leading to a 48-41 victory.  Leaders for the game were Angela Weiss with 13 points and Anika Washburn with 15 points.

For the final game of the week, the girls headed to St. Francis for another conference matchup.  The girls executed their plays and exhibited outstanding ball movement resulting in a 71-13 win over the Mariners. Leaders for the game included Wichser with 18 points and Leah Wong with 11 points. The Blue Knights hold a 6-1 conference record and a 10-7 overall record.

— Abigail Curran, student reporter

Varsity boys basketball

On Jan. 20, the Blue Knights traveled to Midwest Classic Conference rival St Francis High School.

The boys varsity took the floor after the girls varsity team took care of St Francis in the opening game of the evening. Brookfield Academy struggled throughout much of the first half because of some cold shooting, but it relied on a great defensive effort to go into halftime with a 24-24 tie.

The defense was again outstanding and held the Mariners to just 20 second-half points. On the other side of the ball, the Blue Knights got hot and put up 40 second-half points.

BA was led by Aidan Clarey with 19 points, and Alex Setzer added 15 points. Ten different players scored for BA, including Nate Rilling, who capped an impressive night by nailing a baseline jump shot to make the final 64-42 in favor of the Blue Knights.

Brookfield Academy improved to 7-6 overall and 6-1 in the Midwest Classic Conference. They are tied with Hope Christian, which comes to BA on Jan. 24 for a 7:15 p.m. tip to determine the conference lead heading into the home stretch of February. On Jan. 27, BA will travel to St. Johns Military Academy to play the Lancers and then turn around and play Grafton on Jan. 28 at the Luke Homan Memorial Tournament at Brookfield Central High School.

— Coach Pat Clarey