Jimmy – 48, 5’10”, 140 lbs., slim, short bushy hair beginning to disappear. Jimmy Saunders is owner of Squisito, a catering service in Bark Bay. Although he hasn’t touched a weapon since competing as a prep school student in New Orleans, he asks a lot of questions of Coach Dan after catering a holiday party for the fencing team at the Hutchinson’s home. Already friendly with Double-J, Jimmy doesn’t take much convincing from Coach Dan before agreeing to serve as Bark Bay’s saber and epee coach.
Juan – son of Korean immigrants, Kwon Joo-won’s name was mistaken for Juan in the second grade, and the nickname has followed him ever since. A senior, he was a full-time fencer the past two years in both foil and saber, but has told Coach Dan he is limiting his extra-curricular activities this year to focus on his grades and test scores. At 5’ 5” and 160 lbs., he is heavy-set but not overweight, with a demeanor that is often dark and brooding.
Micky – 5’ 8” and 140 lbs., senior McKay Morgan fenced both foil and epee the previous year. She is feisty and energetic, and tends to lose her composure all too easily. She misses most of the practices in the fall, providing no explanation for her absence.
Big Paul – 5’ 7” and 170 lbs., Paul Ketterling is an imposing though often clumsy figure on the strip. A junior, he fenced all three weapons starting his freshman year, but grew frustrated at the end of last year. He attends about half of the team’s practices that fall.
Little Paul – 5’ 3” and 135 lbs., Paul Lee is a frenetic yet unfocused foil fencer who joined the team last year. Now a freshman, Little Paul has trouble remembering that fencing practice is every Tuesday after school, and has attended about half the team’s fall practices.
O.K. – 5’ 4” and 120 lbs., Aurora O’Kelly is a foil fencer who attended the team’s first practice and has attended practice sporadically since. A sophomore, her personality is evanescent.
Coy – 5’ 5” and 140 lbs., Coy Morgan is a freshman and the younger brother of Micky. He actually started practicing with the team as a junior high school student the previous year. He only fences saber, which is not coincidentally the only weapon that Micky does not practice. Boisterous when not competing, Coy grows quiet when on strip.
Zeph – 5’ 7” and 110 lbs., Zephaniah Gullickson is nearly as thin as Rex. A freshman, he only attends a few practices in the fall, and nobody has been able to engage him in any extended conversation so far.
Myles Glossurio – 6’ 2” and 160 lbs., Myles was already a multi-sport star athlete at Bark Bay when he decided to take up fencing in his sophomore year. Within a year, Myles combined his physical talents, acute learning ability, strong work ethic, and competitive desire to become one of the top epee fencers in the region. In the spring before the events of the novel, Myles wins second place in epee at the state tournament, then graduates from Bark Bay and enrolls in the university.