Local academy fencer wins national title

June 24, 2014

An athlete from Issaquah’s Washington Fencing Academy is now a national champion, after a dominant performance at the 10-day USA Fencing National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Matthew Comes, a 15-year-old sophomore from Bothell High School, earned the gold medal in the Men’s Division III Epee competition. He was the last one standing in a field of 125 of the country’s best fencers.

By Serge Timacheff Matthew Comes celebrates victory on the way to a national title at the USA Fencing National Championships in Ohio.

By Serge Timacheff
Matthew Comes celebrates victory on the way to a national title at the USA Fencing National Championships in Ohio.

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Exchange student: Francesco Carella

March 25, 2014

“The food sucks here,” said Francesco Carella, when asked about what he saw as some of the major differences between the United States and his home.

Carella is an Italian exchange student attending Issaquah High School this year. In a recent interview about living abroad, food was the first thing that came to mind.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

Besides the food, Carella’s opinion of the U.S. was mostly positive.

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En garde

July 23, 2013

Washington Fencing Academy carries on the tradition of centuries-old sport

The sport of fencing is often associated with a certain aristocratic air, possibly perpetuated by film depictions and the sheer history of the pastime.

To those unfamiliar with the sport, fencing is simply the means by which storied characters such as Zorro, or The Three Musketeers, vanquish their enemies.

By Greg Farrar A fencer is backed up to the end of the strip by the offensive attacks of his opponent during épée class at Washington Fencing Academy on Northwest Mall Street in Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A fencer is backed up to the end of the strip by the offensive attacks of his opponent during épée class at Washington Fencing Academy on Northwest Mall Street in Issaquah.

Those who are close to the sport understand that it is much more than that. It is a sport of respect, chivalry and craft.

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