The Team Championship for the 2017-18 season is on 3 February at Pope.

Help needed

It takes a lot of work by the whole club to host a successful tournament.

Donations for concessions

Every fencer (whether they are competing or not) is expected to donate something for us to sell in the concessions stand.

Non perishable items can be dropped off at the end of this week’s practice (31 January). Anything not dropped off on Wednesday can be brought to the gym lobby between 5:30 and 6:30 PM on Friday, or at 7:30 AM Saturday.

Donations are organised by the fencer’s last name. The following table shows what each fencer should provide based on their last name.

Last name begins Please bring
A – B 8 large muffins – preferably a variety
C – D 12 plain bagels
E – G 8 power bars
H – J Two 12-packs of Coke
K – L Two 12-packs of Diet Coke
Ma – Mb Two 12-packs of Coke Zero
Mc – Mz One 24-pack of Dasani water
N – O Two 12-packs of Sprite
P – R One 12-pack of 12 oz bottles of Powerade
S – Z One 8-pack of 20 oz bottles of Powerade

Volunteers needed

We need volunteers to help run the tournament. If you can help in one of the following areas

Concessions stand

We need eight people to staff the concessions stand in shifts of about two hours.

Sign in and equipment check

We need four people to check masks and gloves from 7:15 to 9:15 (we can show you how to do that if you haven’t done it before). We also need two people to do this from 9:15 to 11:15 (if two of the 7:15-9:15 shift can stay on, that would be great).


We need two people to collect starting lineups from the team captains before each match (we can explain how this works if you haven’t done it before). These people will also deliver score sheets to the strips and post results on the wall. This is only a few minutes of work for each match, but matches continue throughout the day.

Please sign up!

If you can help with concessions, equipment check or as a runner, please sign up for a shift by going to Here’s how it works in three easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our SignUp on
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on
Taping strips

All fencers should meet in the old gym at 5:30 PM on Friday (those who are fencing on Saturday can be excused). We will tape the strips, set out tables and chairs and put up signs. We should be finished by 6:30 to 7:00.


In a team event, each team has four members. For each match, three of those four will be in the starting lineup with the fourth being a reserve.

The following fencers have been selected to represent Pope.

Women (#1 Seed)

  • Samantha Hasleton
  • Mackenzi Mims
  • Sara Nelson
  • Lyndsay Wagner

Men (#3 Seed)

  • Matthew Chambers
  • Ryan Kretzmer
  • Roman Mazzoni
  • Jett Smith

In addition to the four team members, we ask a fifth fencer to show up at the tournament with fencing gear and ready to sign in if one of the others isn’t able to make it at the last minute. This is only out of an abundance of caution, and we have never so far had to call on the fifth fencer. The fifth fencer for the women is Christina Freitas, and for the men, Dillon Loubser.

Representing your school in the Team Championship is a great honour. In recognition of that, the four men and four women who represent Pope in the Team Championship are awarded Varsity Letters if they have not already earned one this season (in this case, all 8 have already earned their letter).

Tournament format

The men’s and women’s events each consist of two rounds. The top four seeds get a bye into round 2.

All teams except the top four seeds will compete in round 1, which is direct elimination until four teams remain. That means round 1 will consist only of a partial table of 16 followed by a table of 8.

The four teams who win in the table of 8 in round 1 are now seeded #5 to #8 in round 2 (the highest seeded team advancing from round 1 is seeded #5, the next highest #6, etc.). Those four teams join the top four seeds in a new direct elimination bracket which continues until there is a winner. Also, the losers of the semi-finals compete for third place. That means round 2 will consist of the Quarter Finals, the Semi-finals, followed by the Final and the match for third place.

The top four teams will be awarded trophies. The teams’ final rank for the season will be the place they finished in the Championship.

Start times

Men’s and women’s start times are staggered by 15 minutes as it is not possible to get all the matches started at the same time. Teams that have a bye into round 2 (including the Pope teams) do not need to sign in until shortly before round 2 begins. Pope only needs to provide strip and one referee. Here are all the start times, the ones that apply to Pope fencers are in bold face.

  • 07:30 – Sign in opens.
  • 08:10 – Sign in closes for referees.
  • 08:15 – Referee meeting.
  • 08:30 – Sign in closes for men competing in round 1.
  • 08:45 – Sign in closes for women competing in round 1.
  • 11:00 – Sign in closes for men who have a bye into round 2.
  • 11:15 – Sign in closes for women who have a bye into round 2.


The tournament will be in what I will now call the old gym and the cafeteria. Sign in will be in the old gym lobby. Park at the front of the school and walk between the school and the new gym to get to the old gym lobby.

Schools competing

The following are the schools that will be competing, along with their seeds

School Men’s seed Women’s seed
Alpharetta 1 14
Cambridge 15
Campbell 14 13
Centennial 2 5
Chattahoochee 6 3
Dunwoody 17 10
Johns Creek 5 2
Lambert 8 11
Lassiter 4 15
Milton 12 8
North Springs 18 9
Northview 7 4
Pinecrest 16 7
Pope 3 1
Roswell 13 12
South Forsyth 9 6
Walton 11