After winning the title of conference champions for the sixth season in a row, the Lincoln-Way Central chess team next had its eye on the state competition.
In February, the team travelled to Peoria, where it tied for seventh place and finished 22nd overall.
According to records kept by Knights head coach Kevin Dailey, the team was also No. 1 in the south suburbs, in Will county and was the top SouthWest Suburban Conference team at the IHSA state team Tournament. Dailey said his team had a winning streak of 12 conference matches, and for four years in a row to earned five victories at the team tournament. The Knights also had more tournament participants than any other team in the state.
“I am very happy with the results of this year. To finish 22nd in the state where we were ranked, I was very happy to finish that high. We had 120 teams competing at state with over 1,200 players,” Dailey said.
Placing for the Knights at the state competition were Mike Suggett, Chris Robson, Kevin Davenport, Dan Sim, Justin Suggs, Jacob Behm, Adam Clark, Ryan Goebel, Sean McKenzie and Devin Clark.
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