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Fencing club out to raise profile in county
Jun 30, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Lander resident Al Baur has a vision. He wants to develop the sport of fencing in Fremont County.
The Wind River Fencing Club has been practicing since September on fencing fundamentals.
The club meets in Lander, practicing at Baldwin Creek Elementary in Lander during the school year.
"Not having a tournament just killed the club because the kids had nothing to look forward to," Baur said. "This fall, we are planning on having a tournament."
Baur said there also are fencers at the Trinity Lutheran school in Riverton.
"They only fence September through December," Baur said. "Now that this is going, maybe they will jump on board again."
The club plans to meet every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
"It's just to difficult to have them in the summer," Baur said.
The club was represented in several age groups this month at the Cowboy State games in Casper.
"I think that we did great," Baur said.
Baur, 57, was second in the foil division.
Marten Baur, 18, finished third in foil.
Skylar Johnston, 12, won the gold medal.
"With Skylar winning the gold medal, that made his whole year," Baur said.
Johnston has been fencing for the past two years.
"Fencing is kind of like golf," Baur said. "Once you do it, you will do it your whole life."
Competitive divisions in fencing are foil, epee and sabre.
"In epee, the entire body is used as a target," Baur
In foil, the targets include the torso, which includes the back and neck.
The target for the sabre is the entire body above the waist.
"I think that foil and sabre share the same general way they do it," Baur said. "Sabre is more hack and slash."