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Local fencer wins tournament championship

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.

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.