The Metcalf Junior High chess team in Burnsville won the Minnesota State Junior High Chess Championship on March 28-29. It’s the 28th state chess title in Metcalf’s history, adding to the school’s reputation as one of the most successful junior high chess programs in the nation.
Top individuals for Metcalf were Cole Medin in 4th place, Zander Gorton in 6th, Pratik Nehete in 11th and Jackson Reichert in 12th overall.
“Their success is due to kids who care, parents who care and coaches who care,” said long-time head coach Brian Ribnik, a math teacher at Metcalf. “It’s attributable to kids who don’t just want to be good, they want to be the best.”
Next up for the team is a trip to Kentucky in late April for the National Junior High Chess Championships.