Lady Wildcat Fencing

Left to right, our Lady Wildcat Captains: Kayla Soulias, Paige Tortorice, Anastasia Alpy, and Emily Ferrante.
Left to right, our Lady Wildcat Captains: Kayla Soulias, Paige Tortorice, Anastasia Alpy, and Emily Ferrante.
Senior Kayla Soulias takes full advantage of all that fencing offers, and intends to continue next year in college.
Senior Kayla Soulias takes full advantage of all that fencing offers, and intends to continue next year in college.
Senior Sabre fencer Melissa Shaiman provided great leadership this year.
Senior Sabre fencer Melissa Shaiman provided great leadership this year.
Varsity coach Jackie Addeo give senior Sabre fencer Emily Ferrante some last minute adjustments.
Varsity coach Jackie Addeo give senior Sabre fencer Emily Ferrante some last minute adjustments.
Alyssa Morisco has shown steady improvement and is part of a large sophomore contingent.
Alyssa Morisco has shown steady improvement and is part of a large sophomore contingent.
Anastasia Alpy has flourished in the fencing program and will be someone to watch in the Counties on February 4th.
Anastasia Alpy has flourished in the fencing program and will be someone to watch in the Counties on February 4th.

The ‘family’ atmosphere, so prevalent on the Men’s Fencing team is equally present on the Women’s and varsity coach Jackie Addeo gives her seniors all the credit. “We’re definitely going to feel it next year when this group graduates,” said coach Addeo. “But I feel the transition won’t be to bad because the new group has really taken to our senior leaders and are sure to step up next year. This is a tight knit group.” 

Like the Men’s team, the Lady Wildcats, who are presently at 8-6, faceoff against League I powerhouse Commack for their senior match on Wednesday night at 6PM in Whitman’s South Gym. Whitman’s combined Men’s and Women’s fencing teams will host the County Championships this Saturday, February 4th starting at 9AM.

“It’s always exciting to host ‘Counties” said Coach Addeo. “It’s a lot of hard work but for our seniors, to close-out their high school careers here at Whitman is a big deal, so win, loose or draw, it really makes them part of the whole experience.”

Individual fencers to watch for include Foil fencer Kayla Soulias.  Kayla is a senior captain and takes her craft seriously with a tremendous amount of work done outside of the regular season.  Kayla really takes full advantage of all that fencing offers, and intends to continue next year in college.

Paige Tortorice is the Wildcats Epee Captain as well as the coaches’ right hand. “Paige will be one of those persons who is hard to loose for the team, as well as for me’” said coach Addeo.  “She has been a huge help in all aspects of the team.” Perhaps Paige will come back and volunteer, just like her present coach did, prior to landing the head-coaching job.

The Sabre squad will see all three of their top fencers graduate this year. Anastasia Alpy, Emily Ferrante, and Melissa Shaiman will definitely be missed. “Melissa has grown steadily on the team and is counted on for her leadership,” said coach Addeo.  “Emily is also a person who I can count on to help with the logistics in coaching a team of twenty-three. She has been on the team for a while now and really gets it. Anastasia is my other go to right hand that will be missed a lot by the team and myself. She’s always right there ready to help.”  Anastasia has grown and flourished in the fencing program and will be someone to watch in the counties along with Kayla Soulias.

Sophomore Epee fencer Anne Rodriguez is another steadily improving athlete that is on everyone’s ‘watch’ list for the counties this Saturday. “Anne is navigating her way into a captains position for next year,” said Coach Addeo. “She gets ‘it’ she helps cultivate the ’family’ culture we have here, she’s always working hard and setting the right example.”

“This team of lady Wildcats could be the ‘Sleeper’ of the county championships. They work hard and want it just as much as any other team,” said coach Addeo.  “I have an eclectic group here, each bring their own ingredient that works to the build a solid foundation for a healthy fencing family. We have a lot of young players, and for many, fencing’s a singular sport, but here at Whitman, fencing is all about family.

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