This excerpt comes from the Jan. 17, 2017 Asbury Park Press story, “With CBA leading, high school fencing poised to take off“”The first thing that grabs you is the clanging of the swords. The sharp, piercing noise widens your eyes, like that first sip of coffee in the morning.

Then there’s the speed. It all happens so fast. A few lunges and parries — clang, clang, clang — and then somebody gets stabbed.

Well, not really stabbed. “Touched” is the proper term. There’s no blood.

Welcome to fencing, a growing sport among New Jersey high schools. It’s difference and exciting—traits that pulled Tad Lundborg in from ice hockey and David Cutler from golf. Now they are senior co-captains at Christian Brothers Academy, which is part of the newly formed United Fencing Conference.

The conference, which is recognized by the NJSIAA, is comprised of four schools: CBA, Princeton, Moorestown Friends and St. Augustine. Yes that covers a lot of geography, but it’s the start of something the Colts hope will grow.

“It’s a really big step forward for the sport,” said Lundborg, who hails from Red Bank. “We don’t have the presence of a football team or soccer team with these big Shore Conference games, so just having another level of competition is really big for us.”
Christian Brothers [Academy], which is in its fifth year as a varsity program, will host the conference championship Feb. 4. Coach Mary Mottola hopes the league will expand next season; West Windsor-Plainsboro North and South field teams are interested. St. John Vianney sports a club program—that’s how CBA started—and could upgrade.”