Lincoln-Way Central Knights excel in IHSA State Chess Tournament
Thursday, April 6, 2017

On Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, 2017, Lincoln-Way high schools attended the largest team chess tournament in the world with 149 schools competing. All three Lincoln-Way high schools traveled together and shared the same staging room. "It was great to see the students from all three schools intermixing and interacting," says Lincoln-Way West coach, Tim Harrison.

Over the course of two days, the Lincoln-Way Central Knights’ ten-member chess team competed against over 1400 of the best chess players in the state of Illinois. Junior Josh Geoppo, who learned the game from his father, has been playing since he was only three years old. “The team practiced a lot for the State competition. We were all happy with the results. I really enjoy playing chess,” he says. His practice clearly paid off, as Geoppo received a medal for his outstanding performance, taking sixth place out of 156 players on board 5.

After two grueling days of chess, the Knights were ranked 24th out of 164 teams. Coach Todd Drumheller says, “I am very proud of the elite status everyone earned. I am particular grateful of all the hard work and dedication out top seniors have devoted to the chess team over the past four years. The leadership of our seniors will be greatly missed.”