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Hockey, fencing prep for upcoming seasons

Max Sills

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Sports
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With 18 players and decades of combined experience, it might be time to watch Case Ice Hockey. The ice hockey team has fattened up a bit from last year, when sometimes as few as eight members would show up for a game. Club president Joseph Timpona is happy with the prospects.

"The only thing we could really ask for is money- we get $1300 a piece from USG and the Athletic Department," he said.

The yearly budget for the sport is $15,000. Most of that money goes to renting ice time, which is $170 an hour. But the ice hockey team is surprising in its thrift. Jerseys are recycled year to year. Outside supporters offer to drive the team to practice.

Providing key training is new head coach John Mummert and assistant coach Kevin Kittrick. Mummert just recovered from his second back surgery, so you have to appreciate his commitment to the job. Both coaches are volunteers. Ice hockey is practicing twice a week, trying to hone their sticks for upcoming battles. The team hopes to play eight home games and eight away games this season.

Timpona said, "With the numbers of recruits this year and their experience, I'm getting excited about it."

The Case Fencing Team is also heating up. "Training's been excellent so far," says club president Christopher Zagore. "We really enforced our epeé and saber squad." And watch out for women's foil, which is particularly strong this year. The club leadership faced an uncertain transition last season, but new fencers have risen to the challenge.

"We were a little bit worried about the continuity of our team, but it was nice to see a lot of [new members] step up," says Zagore. "[The athletic department] has been really helpful bringing people into the system."

Coaching the team is Sarah Kass, an expert on contract from Cyrano's Place in Lakewood. In addition, Liza Heinin has volunteered to coach epeé. Heinin fenced epeé for Case Western Reserve University from '93 to '98.

The team's going to cut their teeth at the upcoming United States Fencing Association tournament Oct. 16 at Northwestern. It's a pool tournament which determines each fencer's individual national rank. Individual rank determines who the team as a whole fences in the next tournament. Said Zagore, "The better your people are, the less difficult your competition becomes."

Hockey: The next home games are Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. against Carnegie Mellon, and Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m. against Fredonia State. Both games are at the Cleveland Heights Rec. Center on Mayfield Road.

Fencing: The next tournament is Nov. 16 at OSU. Stay tuned for a home tournament sometime in the spring.
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