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Metcalf chess sweeps state grade level championships

The Metcalf Middle School chess team continued its long tradition of excellence at state competitions, setting the bar even higher by sweeping team and individual honors at the Statewide Grade Level Championships held Feb. 11 at the school.

Metcalf teams won the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade team championships, with another seventh-grade team finishing third. Sixth grade team members were Gavin Kellen, Will Moe, Audra Johnson, Aiden Richard, DJ John and Victor Ekstrand. Members of the winning 7th grade team were Calvin York, Max Fox, Justin Joubert, Ellie Scheldberg and Simon Palmer. Members of the 8th grade winning team included Adam Stadick, Jakob Callenius and Ibraheem Malik.

Among individuals, 6th grader Gavin Kellen, 7th grader Calvin York, and 8th grader Adam Stadick all took first place in their grade levels. Max Fox took fifth place among 7th graders.  

The clean sweep by Metcalf was unprecedented at the state grade level championships. Coach Brian Ribnick called it “thrilling and a bit unexpected,” and noted that it was also the first time Metcalf – which changed from a junior high to a middle school this year – had entered the 6th grade competition.

Metcalf’s chess teams, along with teams and individuals from other District 191 schools, will compete in the Minnesota State Middle School Chess Championships in March. For more photos, go to

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 15:14