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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DFA July 2017 News

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Hi to All…Happy 4th of July…Happy Independence Day!!!

DFA CLUB NEWS:

DFA will be closed July 3-10 and re-open for lessons on Tuesday, July 11.

For that week, we’ll be in Salt Lake City for the Summer National Fencing Championships.

DFA fencers competing at Summer Nationals include:  Costa Nichols, Tony Barton, Dennis Stephen, Ariana Dorticos, Maddie Wales, William McCloud and R2.

We have DFA tee shirts at the club.  Small, medium and x-large, various colors, $10.
Also have a selection of fencing gloves, right hand, 8′s, 9′s and 10′s, $20.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

A reminder to all our DFA competitive fencers…USFA membership for the 2016-2017 competition year ends on July 31, 2017.  Our new 2017-2018 year begins on August 1.

The USFA wants all fencers to do their membership online…create a profile, user name, password, fill out the membership form and pay for their membership online.

Last season, the USFA waived the $10 paper fee.  Not so for this fencing season.

So, whenever you decide to renew your membership, today or a few days before the tournament you are going to attend, please do so online.

And please, do not fill out a membership form the day before or day of a tournament.  It may not process and then you’ll have to fill out a paper form and pay an additional $10.

One more “please remember to do this”…put your name, somewhere, on all your gear.  The May fencing tournament at COD, 7 body cords and one electric foil were left behind.  I sent out an email via AskFred to all the participants of the tournament listing the items and giving a description of each body cord and the electric foil, only one fencer responded.  If equipment is left behind, we might be able to return it to the fencer before they leave the venue if their name is on it.

September 16,2017, 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
You may now pre-register on AskFred.net

October 7, 2017, Qualifier for Junior Olympics at Hemet High School
Schedule is posted on AskFred.net.  You may pre-register now.

Our Division dates for September, October, April and May are posted on AskFred.

We are waiting on UCR to confirm November, December, February and March dates.

Happy 4th of July to every.  Have a fun and safe Independence Day and, as always,

Blissful fencing

Leslie
the fencing coach


DFA June 2017 Newsletter

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Hi to All…Happy June…Happy Summer…Happy Father’s Day!!!

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

September 16, 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.

October 7, 2017, Qualifier for Junior Olympics at Hemet High School
Schedule is posted on AskFred.net.  Please pre-register.

DFA CLUB NEWS:
Summer National Championships will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
DFA will be closed July 3 to July 10 and will re-open on Tuesday, July 11.

DFA fencers competing at Summer Nationals include:  Costa Nichols, Tony Barton, Dennis Stephen, Ariana Dorticos, Maddie Wales, William McCloud and R2.

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads!!!

Blissful fencing!!

Leslie
The fencing coach

 

End-of-Season in Photos

Friday, May 19th, 2017
DFA Saber Team (l-r): Simeon Miller, Matthew Mizell, Maddie Wales, Leslie Taft

DFA Saber Team (l-r): Simeon Miller, Matthew Mizell, Maddie Wales, Leslie Taft

Men's Saber, 2nd place, Simeon Miller

DFA Men's Saber: 3rd place, Matthew Mizell

DFA Saber: Leslie Taft & Matthew Mizell

DFA Women's Saber: Maddie Wales

DFA Women's Saber: Maddie & Leslie

DFA Women's 3-Weapon: Leslie Taft

2016-2017 End-of-Season Awards

Friday, May 19th, 2017

DFA had a very good 2016-2017 fencing season

DFA Saber Team (l-r): Simeon Miller, Matthew Mizell, Maddie Wales, Leslie Taft

The DFA Saber Team
Simeon Miller
Matthew Mizell
Maddie Wales
Leslie Taft

 


 

Men’s Epee:
1st place, William McCloud
1st place, Desert Fencing Academy
Women’s Epee:

1st place, Leslie Taft
2nd place, Ariana Dorticos
1st place, Women’s Team Epee

Women’s Foil:
1st place, Ariana Dorticos
3rd place, Leslie Taft
1st place, Women’s Team Foil

Men’s Saber:
2nd place, Simeon Miller
3rd place, Matthew Mizell
1st place, Men’s Team Saber

Women’s Saber:
1st place, Leslie Taft
2nd place, Maddie Wales
1st place, Women’s Team Saber

Men’s Overall Team:
1st place, Desert Fencing Academy

Women’s Overall Team:
1st place, Desert Fencing Academy

Overall Division Team:
1st place, Desert Fencing Academy

Women’s 3-Weapon:
Leslie Taft


Saturday, May 13, 2017,San Bernardino Division End-Of-Season Award Tournament at College of the Desert

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Hi to All,

Well, we come to the end of another tournament season, the 2016-2017 San Bernardino Division held its End-of-Season Tournament on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at College of the Desert.

For this tournament, in Mixed Saber: 2nd place, Leslie Taft, 5th place, Costa Nichols, 8th place Matthew Mizell, 9th place, Simeon Miller and, making his saber fencing debut, Dominic Whittaker, taking 10th place.

In Mixed Foil:  5th place, Ariana Dorticos

In Mixed Epee:  9th place, Arturo Perez-Hunt, 14th place, William McCloud and 17th place, Dennis Stephen.

Mixed Saber (l-r): 3rd place, Vincent Tan, ZFencing, 3rd place, Victor Bianchini, Golden Saber Academy, 2nd place, Leslie Taft, DFA, 1st place and earning his E17, Bill Gelnaw, No Fear

Dominic Whittaker