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College student embraces challenges through fencing

Joe Corbett's life mantra is to just "focus on the next touch," something he learned from fencing.

But the Niantic resident might not have encountered the sport if it weren't for a rule at East Lyme High School.

"They don't allow homeschoolers to compete in high school (sports), so I kind of had to be independent and do my own thing because I had done soccer for a long time," he said. His mom suggested looking for something through East Lyme's recreation programs, and he started fencing as a freshman in high school.

A few of his other friends who were homeschooled attended Three Rivers Middle College in Norwich, and he decided to enroll for his...