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Local fencer wins tournament championship

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Joe Shimek of River Falls won the championship in the Y14 Mixed Epee event in the Porthos Youth Fencing Tournament held at Minnesota Sword Play in Minneapolis Jan. 27.

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Shimek battled back from a two-point deficit to win 9-8 as time expired in the round. The son of Steven and Jeanelle Shimek, he is a freshman at River Falls High School and is a member of the Twin Cities Fencing Club in St. Paul.

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