2021 Middle School Chess State Champions

(Back row) Winston Ekstrand, John Blomer, Jacob Schoenbauer, Owen Steglich, Owen Krick, Mason Pederson, and Ryan Kennedy; (Front row) Spencer Pederson, Thomas Pritchard, Harrison Stage, and Isabelle Burtnett;
(Not Pictured) Rynaldo Mejia, Jeenal Sharma, Aiden Callenius, Kerry Crawford, Mavryk Eastman, Alec Erickson, Mitchell Kellen, Soren Leafblad, Kenny Moe, David Santos, and Coach Brian Ribnick

Congratulations to our 2021 Middle School Chess State Champions – The Nicollet Knights!

This past weekend (April 10/11), Nicollet won its first state title in chess in the history of the school.  Congratulations to the 20 participants that aided in this.

The team scorers were Rynaldo Mejia (4th place trophy), Jacob Shoenbauer (6th place trophy), Owen Steglich (11th place trophy) and Jeenal Sharma.

Other students who participated in the tournament included John Blomer, Isabelle Burtnett, Aiden Callenius, Kerry Crawford, Mavryk Eastman, Winston Ekstrand, Alec Erickson, Mitchell Kellen, Owen Krick, Soren Leafblad, Kenny Moe, Mason Pederson, Spencer Pederson, Thomas Pritchard, David Santos and Harrison Stage.

A huge shout out to Coach Ribnick for leading his teams to over 30 State and 20 National Scholastic Chess Championships!

SCA Statewide Grade Level 03/14/2021

Last weekend was a HUGE success for the Nicollet Chess Program.   

Our 6th grade team – Thomas Pritchard, Spencer Pederson and John Blomer – won the State Sixth Grade Title.  John led the team with a 3rd place finish!

Our 7th grade team – David Santos, Harrison Stage and Rynaldo Mejia – won the State Seventh Grade Title with Rynaldo winning 3rd place, David 2nd place and Harrison was the Statewide Champion! 

Our 8th grade team – Owen Krick, Aiden Callenius, Mason Pederson, Jake Schoenbauer, Kenny Moe and Zach Pierce – won the State Eighth Grade Title.   Hardware winners included Golden Knight Winner Aiden, 5th place finisher Owen and 2nd place finisher Jake!


6th grade team
7th grade team
8th grade team