Chess players from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 came back from the national scholastic chess championships with more than a few trophies, among them a first-place title for the Burnsville High School U1200 team.
The team of Chance Persons, Samantha Stadick, Mark Huttman and Nikolas Slemp won BHS’s first national chess championship, competing in the U1200 rating category. Chance, a ninth-grader, finished 9th individually, while senior Nikolas took 16th.
The Metcalf Middle School U750 team placed 2nd in the nation. Team members were 6th grader William Moe (7th place), 8th grader David Wilkens (24th place), and 7th graders Max Fox and Zachary Friedmann.
Ninth-grader Lyla Lichliter turned in the top individual performance, placing 6th in the U800 rating category.
Other standout results included sophomores Zander Gorton and Jack Reichert, who placed 21st in the U1900 team ranks, despite having just half a team. In the U1200 category, Metcalf 7th grader Ava Piccolino placed 9th and 8th grader Sam Kielas placed 10th.
The Burnsville High School team is coached by Craig Heirigs while Metcalf teams are coached by Brian Ribnick.