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Senior takes on the fencing world stage

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Photo: Danny Noyola
WORLD CLASS.Senior Tyler Groen Smiles for the camera on Wednesday Oct.16. Groen competed at an international level during the summer placing first in the country and moving on to japan to compete against international level. “I really liked Japan,” Groen said. “It was a good experience, everyone at the competition was really good. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t understand anything they were telling me,I had to translate everything with my phone.”

The room’s bright beaming lights cast an intense glow on the adrenaline-pumped Tyler Groen as he set foot in the presence of the opponent he’s going to bout. Coaches and future combatants watched among the spectators while the sharp end of Groen’s sabre struck his opponent’s chest advancing him to the world stage. The only thing running through Groen’s mind as he celebrated his hard-earned victory was the enthusiastic cheers from his coach. 

Five years ago, senior Tyler Groen ventured into the world of fencing, seeking a new and distinctive hobby. To his astonishment, Groen discovered that he possessed a natural talent for fencing.

“I don’t know, I just didn’t want to be basic.” Groen said.

This desire to be different from the people around him paved the way for an international competitor. 

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“We went to a center and they were having tryouts and I just clowned all the other little kids,” Groen said. “Then, I just kept going.”

Over the summer, Groen dedicated himself to an intense schedule of rigorous training and participated in numerous matches, relentlessly pushing himself to attain the level of excellence he had diligently aspired to achieve.

“I had been slacking because of school and I was like ‘Man, I’m probably not gonna make it, it’s fine,’ But then I made it, so I started like, going hard and focusing, then we went to nationals,” Groen said. “I participated in 11 and I won nine. I think I was fourth in the nation and it was top six go, then we went to Hokkaido Japan on the sixth of July of this year for worlds”

Upon arriving in Hokkaido, Japan for worlds, Groen had no time to rest, he was greeted with three matches as soon as he landed from an eight hour flight winning only one of the three, but the next day Groen “clowned” on the competition with a clean sweep winning all 12 of his matches. However, despite his remarkable performance, he narrowly missed securing a top-five position, ultimately finishing sixth place in worlds.

“I could tell everyone was looking at me because they were all from like Italy or France, places that actually care about fencing, because, here, half the country doesn’t know what fencing is,” Groen said. “They were looking at me like ‘Who is this guy? Oh, is that an American flag? Last place, gone’.” 

Groen didn’t leave worlds empty handed, he gained the respect from his enemy competitors and proved that someone from our school could be on the same level of expertise as individuals who devoted their lives to the sport. Not only that, but he demonstrated that even while being in school and other extracurriculars that he was able to do so much.

“Number one in the US. I beat all of them. Number six goes crazy.” he said.

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Rhyan Mar, Student Life Editor (Local)
Rhyan Mar is a Reporter for Student Media at Caney Creek High School. He reports events that are involved with todays occurrences at the school and around the world. He's in his first year involved in the organization, and was slightly involved with Key Club in 2022 only as a member, he is also involved with his church. Rhyan is mostly involved with only his classes and getting his work done. He hasn't received any major awards but strives to. A little more about Rhyan is, he's lived in the area all his life, worked as a lifeguard at Big Rivers, and he's the only person in his family with colored eyes. Rhyan also really enjoys shopping, games, and music.
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Danny Noyola is a photographer for Caney Creek student media. This will be his first year in staff after taking the beginner course, apart from Student Media Danny is part of the Caney Creek band. Prior to staff Danny has received many academic and teacher awards for his good behavior.
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