Holy Family’s fencing team started in 2009. Fencing is considered a club sport in Minnesota and overseen by the Minnesota High School Fencing Coaches Association. The club fences other high school fencing teams in Minnesota and year-round fencing clubs not affiliated with high schools.
Holy Family typically competes in team vs. team meets against other schools in the Twin Cities area about six times a season. Holy Family hosts an annual event where eight teams, mostly outside the metro area, can make the journey to Victoria to fence most of their season in one day against several other schools and clubs. Each year, we also participate in an open tournament in St. Paul, where fencers fence as individuals for first place, rather than as a team trying to defeat another team. The team travels to Waukesha, WI, each year to participate in a high school tournament and an all-ages tournament.
The season finishes with two State Tournament competitions. Many fencers compete in tournaments outside the regular high school season around Minnesota and out-state in North Dakota, Nebraska, California, and Oregon. Our most regular competition comes from Blake High School, St. Paul Academy, Twin Cities Fencing Club, and Minnesota Sword Club. Tournaments fencers participating outside the high school schedule are all-ages, presenting high school fencers with opponents with many more years of experience.
Notable Team Accomplishments
2016- Emily Sokolis is awarded 1st place at the 2016 Minnesota High School Championships meet.
2016- Women’s Foil (Gilbertson, Kunze, Sokolis) takes first place at the State Tournament in the high school event.
2016- Emily Sokolis is awarded 1st place at the Fargo-Moorhead Fencing Invitational
2015 – Women’s Foil (Bork, Kunze, Sokolis) takes first place at the State Tournament in the high school event.
2015 – Women’s Epee (Anderson, Wideman, Farner) takes second place at the State Tournament in the high school event.
2015 – Women’s Foil (Bork, Kunze, Sokolis) takes second place at the State Tournament in the squad event.
2015 – Men’s Epee (Brown, Farner, Peichel, Pohlen) takes first place at the Blizzard Open at the U of M.
2013 – Paul Datta commits to the University of California – San Diego’s epee team.
2013 – Paul Datta is awarded 1st place for Men’s Foil at the 2013 Minnesota High School Championships meet.
2011 – Paul Datta is awarded 1st place for Men’s Foil at the 2011 Minnesota High School Championships meet.
Mr. Brown has coached the team since its inception in 2009. As experienced competitive fencer, he and assistant coach Kathleen Datta bring a wealth of knowledge to first and experienced fencers.