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After a record-breaking season, the H-F chess team 
is headed for state competition.
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The Homewood-Flossmoor High School Chess team competed in the Southwest Suburban Conference tournament on Jan. 30 and finished the season tied for first place in conference’s Red Division. It was the highest conference finish in the history of the school’s chess program. 

The varsity team heads to the state championship tournament in Peoria on Feb. 12 and 13 with an overall record to date of nine wins and two losses, also the best mark in the school’s history. 

Freshman Perry Hoag led the team with an individual second place medal in conference and a season won-lost record of 10-1. Junior Matthew Schofeld also finished strong and earned an individual third place medal in conference.

In addition to Hoag and Schofeld, the team’s success resulted from consistent play and critical leadership from juniors Jacob Rothchild, Raynold Brown, and Troi Bowie. 

Rounding out the team, outstanding effort was put forth by senior Rasheed Taylor, sophomore Aaron Holliday, and a slew of talented freshman – Henry Thiros, Nick Lundstrom, Xavier Branch, Owen Kreis, Justin Garcia, and Julian Garcia. 

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