August 2020 Division Update

August 3rd, 2020

Hi to all San Bernardino Division fencers and visitors to our website.

I’m sure all of you are staying current via the USFA news updates.

At the present time, no tournaments are being scheduled in our San Bernardino Division.

College of the Desert and UC RIverside are currently locked down.
To our knowledge, Hemet High School is also locked down.

When our Division will be able to hold a tournament, we will let you know.

Thank you.

May 16 Tournament at College of the Desert

May 3rd, 2020

Hi to All,

As you can probably guess, the May 16 tournament at College of the Desert has been cancelled.

I was hoping, but, the college is closed and they won’t let anyone in, even us nice fencers. I’m sorry.

Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hopefully we’ll have a fencing season in the Fall, or sometime in 2020-2021!

San Bernardino Division 3-Weapon Open, Saturday, April 4, 2020, at College of the Desert

March 24th, 2020

Hi to All,

You guessed it…we are cancelling the April 4 tournament.
College of the Desert officially closed on March 16.

We are hoping that the May 16 tournament will/might be a go.

I will definitely let you know.

Hope you are all staying safe.

Cancelled, Saturday, March 21 San Bernardino Division 3-Weapon Tournament at Hemet High School

March 13th, 2020

Hi to All,
With the current COVID-19 situation, the Hemet Unified School District has cancelled all athletic competitions at Hemet High School.
Therefore, our March 21, 2020, San Bernardino Division 3-Weapon Tournament at Hemet High School has been cancelled.

Concerning the April 4 tournament at College of the Desert, we do not as yet know if the tournament is a go, or, will have to be cancelled.
Once we know, we will post that information to the Division website.

Saturday, February 8, 2020, San Bernardino Division 3Weapon Tournament at Hemet High School

February 15th, 2020

We had a great turnout for our February tournament at Hemet High School.
88 fencers, from Arizona, Nevada, San Diego, Orange Coast, So Cal and San Bernardino.

With so many fencers, and such good fencing, the Division awarded new ratings in Saber and Epee!

In Saber: Earning his E20, Alec Gibson, Desert Fencing Academy

In Epee: Earning his A20, Chuck Alexander, No Fear
Earning his B20, Charles Munoz, Wildcat Fencing
Earning his B20, Aaron Kim, Orange County Fencing Center
Earning his C20, Alexander Foreman, Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club
Earning his E20, Justin Perkins-Ollila, Wildcat Fencing

Congratulations to these fencers!

The next San Bernardino Division 3-weapon tournament will be Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Hemet High School. Pre-registration is open on AskFred.

Also, Saturday, April 4, 2020, College of the Desert will be hosting the Division’s 3-weapon tournament.

A special item has been added, as some requests have been made, for Vet Men’s Epee, 65, 70, 80 and above, with an E or under rating.

We are going to give this a go and see what kind of turnout we get.

Have been asked by some of the men epee fencers in this age range, if the Division would consider offering such an event. It’s a bit much, they have said, to fence all the “young ones” and all the “rated ones”, and would we offer something more in range of their age and ability.

So, to our Vet men epee fencers who fit into this “niche”, sign up, come out and fence. And if you know of anyone who is starting to fence and compete and would like to take advantage of this opportunity, let them know.

Epee (l-r):
Epee (l-r): 1st, Chuck Alexander (No Fear), 3rd, Aaron Kim (Orange County Fencing Center), 2nd, Charles Munoz (Wildcat Fencing). Chuck earned his A20 rating and both Aaron and Charles earned their B20 ratings!
Women’s Epee (l-r): 3rd, Felicia Beardsley, 2nd Sarah Hepler (San Luis Highlanders Fencing Club), 3rd, Cindy Buenrostro (San Diego Fencing Center), 1st, Susan Michelle Vargas (San Diego Fencing Center)
Foil (l-r): 3rd, Jeff Keeney (South Coast Fencing Center), 3rd, David Ignacio (San Dimas Fencing Academy), 2nd, Dennis Stephen (Desert Fencing Academy), 1st, Zakaree Simanton (Arizona Fencing Academy).
Saber (l-r): 3rd, Leslie Taft (Desert Fencing Academy), 2nd, Rhiley Williams (West Coast Fencing Center), 1st, Alec Gibson (Desert Fencing Academy). Alec earned his E20 rating!

February 8, 2020 3-Weapon Open at Hemet High School

January 21st, 2020

The next San Bernardino Division tournament will be a 3-weapon open at Hemet High School, Saturday, February 8, 2020.

There are also Women’s Foil and Women’s Epee events.
The minimum number of women we require for either event is 3 women.
With 3 women, we will run the event, however, no medal.
With 4-5 women, we will run the event, medals awarded.
With 6 or more women, medals and rating(s) will be awarded.

Ladies may also compete in the mixed events.

We ask the fencers to please pre-register on AskFred so we know how many fencers are attending and how many strips are needed.

Pre-registration on AskFred ends at 11:59 p.m. on the Thursday before the Saturday tournament so that we have Friday to check and verify all memberships, download the tournament to Fencing Time and upgrade any rating or fencer’s information.

Of course, no fencer will be turned away and can come on tournament day and register to fence.

Saturday, January 11, 2020, San Bernardino Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals at Hemet High School

December 27th, 2019

The San Bernardino Division will hold its Qualifier for the Summer Nationals Championship on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Hemet High School.

We will be qualifying, in all weapons, Y14 and Div 2/3. Veterans can qualify by competing in the Div 2/3 events.

Again, this qualifier is for San Bernardino Division member fencers only.
Fencers out of our Division may not participate.

We ask fencers to please pre-register on AskFred.
Close of check-in times for all events are posted on AskFred.

We will have rated referees.
$25 per event in which you participate.

December 21, 2019, 3-Weapon Open at College of the Desert

December 27th, 2019

What a high note on which to ring in the new year with six fencers earning ratings at this tournament!

Thank you to all you fencers. Each and everyone of you made the tournament fun and exciting!

Women’s Epee (l-r): 3rd, Samantha Catalano, (Ewa Fencing), 3rd, Savannah Shurtleff, (Ewa Fencing), 2nd, Jane White, (Desert Fencing Academy), 1st, Felicia Beardsley.
Epee (l-r): 1st, Brandon Chien, 2nd, Lukasz Paluszczak, Coach Ewa, 3rd, Joshua Ruh, (Hemet High School), 3rd, Jared Pfeffer (LAIFC). Both Lukasz and Joshua earned their B19 epee rating!
Foil (l-r): 3rd, Paul Zappia, (Desert Fencing Academy), 3rd, Liam Nguyen, (Anaheim Hills Fencers Club), 2nd, Thomas Lee, (South Coast Fencing Center), 1st, Nick Going, (Arizona State University Fencing Club).
Saber (l-r): 1st, Hank Bauer, (LAIFC), 2nd, Jeremy Marquez, (UC Santa Barbara), 3rd, Quan Vandinh, (UC Santa Barbara), 3rd, Konnor Lo, (Golden Saber Academy). Hank earned his D19 saber rating and both Quan and Konnor earned their E19 saber rating!

Saturday, December 21 Tournament at COD

December 10th, 2019

Hi to All,

We are looking at a very good turnout for our December tournament.
Thank you to everyone who has pre-registered and is coming.

We will be checking masks and gloves. Sam Signorelli will be at the tournament for armory repairs.

If we do not have 6 women for women’s foil or epee, the ladies will fence in the mixed foil and epee events, if they choose to do so.

Please enter College of the Desert via the Fred Waring entrance.
That way, you will by-pass the Street Faire located on the Monterey side of the campus. You may park in Parking Lot 5 directly in front of the gym. Parking is free and we leave the back door of the gym open for easy entrance. Fee is $10 per weapon.

We look forward to seeing you all!

November 2, 2019 San Bernardino Division 3-Weapon Tournament at Hemet High School

November 7th, 2019

Thank you, thank you to all the fencers who came to Hemet High School this Saturday! Fencers from Arizona, Central California, San Diego, Los Angeles and other areas, UCR, UCI, Polytechic. Thank you. We had 103 fencers and awarded 11 new ratings, one of which was an “A” rating in Epee.

The next tournament will be Saturday, December 21, 2019 at College of the Desert.

Epee (l-r): 1st, Paul Riviere (San Diego Fencing Center), 2nd, Austin Carter (Phoenix Falcons Fencing Club), 3rd, Eric Speicher (Conejo Fencing Club), 3rd, Chuck Alexander (No Fear). Paul earned his A19 epee rating and Eric earned his B19!
Women’s Epee (l-r): 1st, Andrea Munoz (No Fear), 2nd, Rachel Dinh (Wildcat Fencing), 3rd, Sarah Hepler (San Luis Highlanders Fencing Club), 3rd, Wren Gully (No Fear).
Men’s Foil (l-r): 3rd, Kyle Josafat (UCI), 3rd, Peihong Li (Golubitsky), 2nd, Banseok Kim (Anaheim Hills Fencers Club), 1st, David Lee, (Team Touche). David earned his D19 rating, Banseok earned an E19 and Peihong also earned an E19 rating!
Women’s Foil (l-r): 3rd, Brielle Lee (Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club), 3rd, Emily Coward (West Coast Fencing Academy), 2nd, Caroline Hashimoto (Polytechnic), 1st, Elizabeth Dang (Anaheim Hills Fencers Club). Elizabeth earned her foil E19 rating!
Saber (l-r): 3rd, Conner Lee (Laguna Fencing Center), 1st, Aidan Chan, (West Coast Fencing Academy), 2nd, Leslie Taft (Desert Fencing Academy). Conner earned his E19 rating, Aiden earned his D19 rating and Leslie earned her E19 rating!