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Hopi High School chess team takes second place at Hopi High Chess Invite

Hopi High chess coach Javier Linarte watches as his players prepare for the Hopi High Invite. Photo/Stan Bindell

Hopi High chess coach Javier Linarte watches as his players prepare for the Hopi High Invite. Photo/Stan Bindell

POLACCA, Ariz. - Kingman High School won the Hopi High School Chess Invite, but the Bruins were right behind them in second place.

Raicardo Jim, chess player for Hopi High, said he was excited that his team finally placed second.

"We did it ourselves," he said.

Jim, a senior, said the tournament had a good turnout with seven strong teams. He said the Bruins could continue to improve this season by practicing more.

Hopi High Coach Javier Linarte, who previously won the Coach of the Year Award, said many of his players performed well at the tournament including Aiden Fredericks, Darion Fredericks, Chorosi Honie, Nicholai Bolus, Farrell Poneoma and Jim.

Linarte said Poneoma played best of all while Daniel Lim took first place in the junior varsity match and Kayla Smith grabbed third for junior varsity.

Linarte said the highlight of the invite was that his players were excited that they placed second out of all the schools. He said his players' goals include having a positive attitude during practices and games.

"They would like to make it to state in November," he said. "They need more practice in order to improve every day."

Linarte said the Hopi High team leaders are the Fredericks brothers for varsity and Lim for junior varsity.

Linarte added he likes coaching because it helps the students' thinking, improving their academics and preparing for real-life situations.

"Our players took pride in having the tournament held here. They took pride in the Hopi Jr/Sr High School community. The cleanliness of the school was great," he said.

The other players on the Hopi High chess team include Keon Adams, John Castro, Irvin Chee, Branyon Claw, Ryesa Howato, Jonathan Jim, Gloria Lomahoema, Eric Banimptewa, Kyle Honvantewa and Kursheena Yazzie.

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