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Saturday, December 9 Tournament at College of the Desert

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Hi to All,

Saturday’s December 9th, 2017 tournament at COD was simply stellar!!!  We ran two tournaments in one day, the 3-Weapon Open followed by the “D” and Under mixed foil, saber and epee events.  Almost everyone in the Open continued on to compete in the “D” and Under events.

And it was a stellar day for DFA!

In the Mixed Saber event, seven fencers, five of which were DFA fencers:  Simeon Miller, Ian Maskiewicz, Gabriel Rivkin,Dominic Whittaker and Leslie Taft.  Finishing in first place and earning her E2107, Leslie Taft, 2nd place Simeon Miller, tied for third place, Ian Maskiewicz and Gabriel Rivkin and fifth place, Dominic Whittaker.

In the Div 3 Saber event, taking first place and earning is E2017, Simeon Miller, 2nd, place Ian Maskiewicz, third place, Dominic Whittaker and fifth place, Gabriel Rivkin.

In the Mixed Foil event, making his fencing debut, Paul Zappia, taking 7th place and Ronan Joyce, taking 8th place.
In the Div 3 Foil event, Paul took 5th and Ronan took 7th place.

In the Div 3,Epee event, Kamin Morrelli took 2nd, Ashton Arrington 3rd, Ariana Dorticos 6th, William McCloud 7th and Michael Mansour 9th.

2017 DFA Saber Team (l-r) Dominic Whittaker, Ian Maskiewicz, Simeon Miller, Leslie Taft, Gabriel Rivkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Saber (l-r): 1st, Leslie Taft, 2nd, Simeon Miller, 3rd, Gabriel Rivkin, 3rd, Dominic Whittaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA Foil fencers (l-r): Ronan Joyce and Paul Zappia, making his foil fencing debut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3 Epee (l-r): 3rd, Qingtao Meng, UCR, 3rd, Ashton Arrington, DFA, 2nd, Kamin Morrelli, DFA, 1st, Aaron Liang, Swords & earning his E2017 rating.

DFA December 2017 News

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Hi to All…Happy December…Happy Hanukkah…Merry Christmas!!!

DFA will be closed December 23 - January 1…Back to fencing starting Tuesday, January 2.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:
December 9, 2017, 3-weapon and “D” & Under, at College of the Desert
Close of check in times for 3-weapon:
9:00 a.m. Mixed Saber   10:00 a.m. Mixed Foil   12 noon Mixed Epee   $10 per event

Close of check in times for “D” & Under:
11:00 a.m. Mixed Saber   12 noon Mixed Foil   2:00 p.m. Mixed Epee
$25 per event for “D” & Under.  We will have rated referees for these events.

Please pre-register for your events on AskFred.net

For more information, go to www.usfasb.org.

DFA CLUB NEWS:

Gift giving ideas…DFA tee shirts ($10) and DFA warm and cozy sweatshirts ($20).  Also, Linea blue and green, foil/epee gloves, right hand, various sizes, $20.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and blissful fencing to all!

- Leslie, the fencing coach

 

Results in Pictures of 11/25/17 Tournament at College of the Desert

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

How many fencers will come to a Thanksgiving Saturday fencing tournament?….83!  From Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, L.A., Orange County, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside.   And, of course, our very own DFA fencers.

L-r: Dennis Stephen, Ariana Dorticos, Kamin Morrelli, Leslie Taft, Ashton Arrington, Michael Mansour, William McCloud, Reese Frenter, DFA Epee Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-r: DFA Saber fencers, Dominic Whittaker, Ian Maskiewicz and Ryan Sebti (in his first tournament).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-r: Saber, 3rd, Costa Nichols, DFA, 3rd, Christopher Reyes, Laguna Fencing Center, 2nd, Ian Kim, Poly Technic, 1st, William Wun, Cardinal Fencing and earning his E17 rating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA at the Oct. 30, 2017 Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Andrew, Leslie, Ashton, John, Dominic, Santiago, Josiah,Peter, Paul, Grace, Christian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start of the Parade. Entering under the blue & white arch. Peter and Paul's mom, Bridget, carries our DFA banner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marching & fencing along the El Paseo parade route.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Sullenger in the parade

Ashton Arrington

 

 

 

 

Andrew Arbid

 

Ashton Arrington

 

 

 

 

Andrew Arbid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashton and Paul in foreground. We're all fencing.

Leslie & Andrew, Bridget with banner, son Peter, Josiah, Dominic

 

 

DFA November 2017 Newsletter

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Hi to All…Happy November…Happy Veteran’s Day…Happy Thanksgiving!!!

REMEMBER:  Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 5…Turn your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night.

DFA will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 23 and also on Friday, November 24.

We have a San Bernardino Division 3-weapon tournament on Saturday, November 25, at College of the Desert.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

Saturday, November 25, 3-weapon open at College of the Desert
Close of check-in:  9:00 a.m. Saber, 10:00 a.m. Foil, 12 noon Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.net.  All events are mixed.

Saturday, December 9, 3-weapon open & D and under tournament at College of the Desert
Close of check-in for 3-weapon:  9:00 a.m. Saber, 10:00 a.m. Foil, 12 noon Epee
All events are mixed.  You may pre-register on AskFred.

Close of check-in for D and under events:  11:00 a.m. Saber, 12 noon Foil, 2:00 p.m. Epee.
All events are mixed.  You may pre-register on Ask Fred.

The 3-weapon open, fee per weapon is $10.
D and under events, fee per weapon is $25.  There will be rated referees for this event.

For more information on the D and under event, please visit www.usfasb.org.

DFA CLUB NEWS:

DFA participated in the 53rd Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade on Sunday, October 29.  We fenced along the parade route down El Paseo to the cheers and applause of the spectators.  It was a wonderful time and a beautiful day.  Photos are posted on the DFA website.

DFA fencers included:  Santiago Amparo, Andrew & Christian Arbid, Ashton Arrington,  Josiah Llapitan, Grace Sullenger,  Dominic Whittaker, John Williamson, Paul & Peter Zappia and coach Leslie.

Wishing everyone a happy November and a happy Thanksgiving celebration.

Blissful fencing,

Leslie,
the fencing coach

 

 

DFA October 2017 News

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Hi to All…Happy October…Happy Halloween!

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

October 7, 2017, Qualifier for Junior Olympics at Hemet High School
Close of check-in times posted on AskFred.net and you may pre-register now on AskFred.

Also, go to www.usfasb.org  for check-in times and more info on the qualifier.

November 25, 2017, 3-weapon open at College of the Desert
Close of check-in times:
9:00 a.m., Mixed Saber   10:00 a.m., Mixed Foil, 12 noon, Mixed Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.net.

DFA CLUB NEWS:

DFA will again be in the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade!  We will be fencing along the parade route on El Paseo.

Date of the Golf Cart Parade is Sunday, October 29, and commences at 12 noon.  Theme for this year’s parade is Desert Safari.

If you are interested in participating, I have the signup sheet at the club.

There will be an NAC (North American Cup) in our backyard this October 13-16, in Anaheim.  Division 1, Division 2, Cadet and Wheelchair fencing.

Two of our DFA fencers will be competing:  Dennis Stephen and Ariana Dorticos.

If you’ve never been to an NAC, you should treat yourself and go.  They are huge.  And, you see some of the top fencers competing and the vendors will be there if you’d like to purchase some fencing gear.

Halloween is Tuesday, October 31.  Yes, we will fence at DFA, usual schedule.  The club will close at 5:00 p.m., so everyone can get into costume and Trick-or-Treat, or enjoy Halloween and Fall Festival events.  Enjoy!!!

Blissful fencing and have a fun and spooky Halloween!!

Leslie
the fencing coach

 

Off To School

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

R2 (Arturo Perez-Hunt) and Ariana Dorticos are off to school

R2 graduated from Rancho Mirage High School this past June.
He is a freshman at Sacramento State studying Civil Engineering.

Ariana is now a junior at Cal State San Bernardino.
She is studying Biology and Medicine.  She wants to be a Coroner.

Ariana is still close by, so, her school schedule may be such that she will be able to come and compete in our Division tournaments.

Leslie & Ariana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The DFA Epee Team all together in June, 2017. Top row: Dennis Stephen, R2, William McCloud, Michael Mansour. Bottom row: Kamin Morrelli and Ariana Dorticos

2017-2018 Fencing Season

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Hi to All,

Our 2017-2018 fencing season has now started and our first tournament of the season was held at College of the Desert on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

We had a total of 67 fencers!  We thank Laura Holmgren, the fencing coach at Poly Technic High School, who brought 22 of her foil fencers to the tournament, which gave us a total of 39 foil fencers competing!

We had four DFA fencers making their maiden voyage in competitive fencing, Dominic Whittaker and Ian Maskiewicz in saber, Ronan Joyce in foil and Kamin Morrelli in epee.

Kamin Morrelli, epee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-R: Dominic Whittaker & Ian Maskiewicz, saber fencers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-R: Ronan Joyce & Dennis Stephen

DFA September 2017 News

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Hit to All….Welcome back to fencing and a happy September.

DFA will re-open on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Our first tournament of the season will be at College of the Desert on Saturday, September 16, 2017, in the Gym.

Please renew your USFA membership online and bring proof of membership with you

September 16, 2017, 3-weapon open at College of the Desert
Close of check in:  9:00 a.m. for Saber, 10:00 a.m. for Foil and 12 noon for Epee
You may pre-register on AskFred.net.  Please bring proof of membership.

October 7, 2017, J.O. Quals at Hemet High School
Close of check in times are posted on AskFred.net.  Please pre-register on AskFred.
A reminder, this is the San Bernardino Division Qualifier for the Junior Olympics.  You must be a member of the San Bernardino Division to participate in this Qualifier.  Jessi Milestone will be the official Referee for this qualifier.

We are awaiting confirmation on our November, December, February and March tournament dates and venues.  These dates and locations will be posted on AskFred as soon as we know.

Wishing everyone a happy and blissful fencing season.

- Leslie
the fencing coach

 

 

2017 Summer Nationals

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The 2017 Summer National Championships were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 28-July 9 in the Salt Palace.

DFA fencers included:  Costa Nichols, Maddie Wales, Ariana Dorticos, William McCloud, Dennis Stephen and R2.

Costa Nichols takes 7th place in Vet 70 Men's Saber

Maddie Wales, women's saber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Stephen, and his Snoopy epee mask, competed in Vet40 and Division 3 Men's Epee

DFA Men's Epee Team, Dennis Stephen, R2 and William McCloud