NCC Spotlight: Harding Academy
Harding Academy Primary Team
Board 1: Patrick Andreen Board 2: Nathan Baulch
Board 3: Franklin McKenzie Board 4: Montgomery Stewart
The NCC was well represented by all of its programs this past weekend at the Region III qualifier. One school in particular came ready to play and walked away with 1st Place in the Primary (grades K-3) and 2nd place in the elementary (grades 4-6). We are very proud of our program at Harding Academy and we can't wait to see if they will bring one or maybe even two state championships back to the chess club.
Harding Academy Elementary Team
Board 1: Marco Mirnics Board 2: Clay Andreen
Board 3: Brad Johnson Board 4: Harry Ossolinski
In the primary section schools, where NCC programs are in place, actually took the top three spots! Julia Green Elementary took clear second even though they only had three players in a four-board tournament. They were led by the state-champion runner-up Sam Strang and were coached by NCC President Alvin Harris and Sam Strang's father. University School of Nashville finished in a tie for third with Ezell-Harding Academy. These teams rounded out the list of qualifiers in the primary division.
In the elementary section, the home-field team Meigs took clear first only after being nicked for a draw against NCC-program Linden Corner in the first round. Harding took second place and Rutherford Tutorial and USN finished up the group headed to Cookeville for the state championship. NCC-program Head Magnet did not qualify only because of tie-breaks. They too tied for second.
In the Jr. High section, Meigs cleaned up again with a perfect 4-0 score. Finishing in 2nd and 3rd were two NCC programs. The powerhouse J.T.Moore team that possesses two of the four individual state champions hopes to do better at the states, they finished second. Tying for 3rd-4th and both qualifying were Linden Corner and and Rutherford Tutorial Academy.
In the high school section, another 3-player team scored well when Martin Luther King Magnet took clear first. They were led by Gainer Phay (nearly 2000 rated) and Su'ad Yoon (nearly 1700 rated) and they should be a force to be reckoned with in the state championship. Hume-Fogg took clear second with Meigs and Page also qualifying.
Congratulation to all the teams that participated! Check back for more news from this event!