Saturday was full of firsts for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District's chess community.
This year's annual tournament at Metcalf Junior High yielded a first-place team title to Harriet Bishop Elementary. It was also the first time a second grade player made it into the top four overall (Gavin Kellen of William Byrne), and the first time that three members of the same family made it into the top 10 at the same time (Makayla, Brooke and Tyler Haddorf of Sioux Trail).
The overall chess champion was Zander Gorton, a sixth grader from Harriet Bishop, who took the title with a perfect 5-0 record. The novice champion was Jocob Westerlund, a third grader from Sioux Trail, who also went undefeated on Saturday.
The full roster with rankings and results will be available at schoolchess.org. See a partial list of the results here:Team Rankings Rank Team Name 1 Harriet Bishop 2 Sioux Trail 3 Sky Oaks 4 William Byrne 5 Hidden Valley 6 Rahn 7 Harriet Bishop B 8 Gideon Pond 9
District Champions 2012 Rank Name School Grade 1 Zander Gorton Harriet Bishop 6 2 Jackson Reichert Rahn 6 3 Rahil Modi Harriet Bishop 6 4 Gavin Kellen William Byrne 2 5 Jai Chadha Harriet Bishop 5 6 Makayla Haddorf Sioux Trail 5 7 Henry McCormick Sky Oaks 3 8 Brooke Haddorf Sioux Trail 4 9 Tyler Haddorf Sioux Trail 3 10 Kendrick Hjelmberg Aspen Academy *
Grade Champions Grade Level Name School First Grade Sameer Bhatia Harriet Bishop Second Grade Caige Oxendale William Byrne Third Grade Erik Gorton Harriet Bishop Fourth Grade Sage Magras Sky Oaks Fifth Grade Jake Schouten Hidden Valley Sixth Grade Noah Helke William Byrne
Primary Standings Rank Name Grade School 1 Jocob Westerlund 3 Sioux Trail 2 Josh Westerlund 1 SIBHS 3 Nate Grenke 3 Hidden Valley 4 Hailey Hawk 3 Hidden Valley 5 Bianca Froebe 2 Harriet Bishop 6 Violet Schouten 3 Hidden Valley 7 Lauren Janisch 1 Harriet Bishop 8 Sydney Hawkins 2 Hidden Valley 9 Carter Hjelmberg 1 Aspen Academy 10 Aedan Gallagher 2 Harriet Bishop