Milford’s combined Foran and Law fencing team put in an outstanding showing at the annual Statewide Novice Tournament at Guilford High School this past Saturday, including a stunning overall victory for Law senior Allie Hessberger in the women’s epee division.

After winning her pools, Hessberger slashed straight through the competition in five direct elimination bouts, culminating in a 15-9 championship win over a tough North Haven opponent.

Also in only her first season of competitive high school fencing, Foran senior Sydney Messey placed sixth in women’s sabre, beating a large field.

In all, the team fielded seven fencers.

The team is in its fourth year in Milford’s high schools, and has quickly gained attention as a local powerhouse in this elite sport, with a full season of 12 invitational tournaments slated this year.

It’s next competition is the annual JV Tournament at North Haven High School on Saturday, Feb. 4.