Concord Fencing Club to shut its doors due to loss of revenue caused by the coronavirus

  • Tracy Nabstedt (left) and Shawn Brooks demonstrate foil fencing at Concord Fencing Club in August 2016. The club was forced to close its doors at the end of June due to the coronavirus pandemic. ELIZABETH FRANTZfile / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 7/7/2020 5:55:38 PM

After putting sabres, epees and foils in local hands for more than 20 years, the Concord Fencing Club shut its doors at the end of June due to loss of revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It has been difficult to see all the hard work done by our staff just evaporate and leave nothing but great memories,” said Shawn Brooks, the club’s head coach and program director. “Our goal always was to provide a safe space for people to learn and have fun. This closure is made even worse because CFC feels like a gigantic family; to go from seeing each other several times a week to not at all is really tough.”

The club, which opened in 1998, may have closed its physical location at 126D Hall St., but it will continue to offer a remote training program through its website,, and will maintain its standing with the U.S. Fencing Association. The club’s management team will regroup in the fall to evaluate the feasibility of reopening in a new location.

“Though CFC will be without a physical address for an indefinite period, we are not planning to close the club completely,” said Jim Leland, chair of the club’s management group. “We plan to continue activities on several fronts. Our goal is to fulfill all outstanding obligations and to preserve our goodwill within the community, so that we will have the option to reopen in a new venue at a later date.”

Golf results

The team of Mike Desilets and Sybil Desilets finished first in the low net scoring of the Red, White & Blue event held at Beaver Meadow Golf Course on July 4. Team Desilets carded a 192 total during the three rounds of best-ball play, just one stroke ahead of the second-place team of Lance Cormier and Pete Topolosky. Jim Bouley and Jackson Bouley finished third with a 195.

The team of Lance Pelley and Scott Underhill finished first in the low gross scoring aftering winning a sudden death playoff against Andy Levins and Tom Levins. Both teams carded a 206 after the thre regulation rounds. Eddie Collins and Eric Saucier were third with a 221.

Sam Seibert recorded his first-ever hole-in-one when he aced the 133-yard fourth hole at Duston Country Club using his pitching wedge.

Joe Morrison won the annual Fourth of July tournament at Concord Country Club. Chick Smith finished second, Bill Krueger took third, John Fraser wound up fourth and Dick Lank was fifth.

Youth baseball

The Weare Nationals senior team has started 3-1 in the New England Independent Baseball League. Weare opened its season with a doubleheader sweep against Merrimack. Jeff Wagner earned the pitching in the 5-2 opener with Trevor Anibal earning the save and Brady Philibotte going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Gunner Hagstrom earned the win on the mound in the 5-0 nightcap, allowing just one hit over four innings of work.

After a loss to Keene, Weare bounced back with a 5-2 win against Concord. Brett Patnode earned the pitching win in that one while Austin Hazzard went 2-for-3 with a home run.

The Concord Cannons 18U team is in first place in the New Hampshire COVID Baseball League after starting the season a perfect 6-0. Seacoast United Silver and New Hampshire Prospects White are both 4-2 and tied for second place.

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