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Fencing Tournament at COD Saturday, May 18, 2013

College of the Desert (COD) and Desert Fencing Academy are hosting the End-of-Season Awards fencing tournament on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at COD’s Wright Gymnasium.

Saber fencing begins at 9:30 a.m., foil at 10:30 a.m. and epee at 12:30 p.m.
Approximately 80 fencers are expected to compete with local College of the Desert and Desert Fencing Academy fencers. Local area high school students who will be competing are from Palm Desert High School, La Quinta High School, Shadow Hills High School and Xavier College Prep. Some of the local high school fencers competing also competed at the Junior Olympics in Baltimore, Maryland, this past February.
Awards will be presented to College of the Desert’s fencing coach, Leslie Taft, and Glenn King, COD’s Director of Network Services and Telecommunications. Taft took first place in women’s epee and saber and was the 3-weapon women’s champion. King took 3rd place in men’s epee.
Local fencers also receiving awards are: Chandler Pollett, 14, 8th grade at Sacred Heart School, 2nd place men’s saber; Sabrina Fletcher, 16, sophomore at Palm Desert High School, 2nd place women’s saber; Emily Goldstone, 15, freshman at Palm Desert High School, 3rd place women’s saber; and Ellis DeVoe, 17, junior at La Quinta High School, 1st place men’s epee.
Desert Fencing Academy took first place in men’s and women’s epee and saber and was the overall division champion team.
This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact the coach, Leslie Taft, at, or visit the Desert Fencing Academy website at

May 2013