Moore wins second at tourney

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By Mickey Patterson

CENTERFIELD – The kid who once said she just liked playing with swords is getting serious about it now. Lauren Moore, an East Oldham Middle School eighth-grader, recently took second in the sabre division of the Super Youth Circuit fencing tourney in Louisville. A nationally ranked fencer for years, Moore recently switched clubs and coaches to improve herself. “I have changed to the Louisville Fencing Club and have more opportunities on an everyday basis,” Moore said. “The coach has really helped me. I have been making really good improvement and seen a lot more competition just in practice.” At the LFC, Moore is working under the tutelage of Maestro Les Stawicki, a former Polish national team coach. “He is really helping me more with tactical stuff and more fundamentals,” Moore said. “I am able to control my movements better. He really wants me to be a champion.” Sabre is the most aggressive of the three fencing disciplines which also include the epee and foil. While the point is used to some extent, the sabre is basically a cutting weapon. Full arm movement guides the motion -- something fencers avoid in foil and epee. The sabre is similar to the slashing and thrusting cavalry sword of years gone by. It has a triangular blade (approximately one yard in length) and a guard that covers the side of the hand. It weighs just over one pound. The target area in sabre is the torso, arms, and mask. Touches are scored with cuts as well as with the tip of the blade. All cuts or thrusts must land from the bend of the hips, suggesting a cavalry soldier mounted on a horse. Sabre is much faster due to rapid preparation, attacks and blade action. At the most recent tourney, Moore was second to the defending national champion, Skylar Powers of Atlanta, in the 12 and under division. She also took fifth place in the 14 and under division. “She’s (Powers) kind of been like a lifelong rival,” Moore said. “My coach watched the match and next time at competition I will be able to beat her.” Moore is planning a switch in her practice schedule moving to at least four days a week as opposed to the two days a week she used to practice. A strong cross country and track competitor on EOMS’ powerhouse teams, Moore will concentrate more on her fencing career in the future. “Now that I have been the Maestro I like it (fencing) even more,” Moore said. “He has made it more challenging and made me want to get even better and that has made it more fun.”

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