HCISD chess teams advancing to Nationals

With more than 1,500 participants, HCISD Chess teams, ranging from kinder to high school, participated in the State Chess Tournament on March 10-12 in Edinburg.

Michael Casas from Sam Houston Elementary blew the competition away in the individual contest. After facing the highest rated player in the competition, he finished undefeated, tying for 1st and was named the State Co-Champion. Wilson Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, Coakley Middle School, and Early College High School will be advancing to Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee.

Full results of the State Tournament are listed below.


Sam Houston Elementary – 20th Place

Primary K-3

Wilson Elementary – 8th Place (Qualified for Nationals) Sam Houston Elementary – 10th Place Dishman Elementary- 11th Place Bonham Elementary – 14th Place Treasure Hills Elementary – 16th Place Milam Elementary – 20th Place Long Elementary – 21st Place Elementary Championship K-5 Sam Houston Elementary – 1st Place (Qualified for Nationals) Treasure Hills Elementary – 3rd Place Dishman Elementary – 5th Place Wilson Elementary – 6th Place Bonham Elementary – 7th Place Long Elementary – 32nd Place Milam Elementary – 35th Place Bonham Elementary – 16th Place Middle School Championship Coakley Middle School – 2nd Place (Qualified for Nationals) Vela Middle School – 14th Place High School Championship Early College High School – 12th Place (Qualified for Nationals) Harlingen South High School – 17th Place Cano Freshman Academy – 19th Place Harlingen School of Health Professions – 24th Place High School JV

Harlingen South High School-13th Place Students who placed in the top 10: Sam Houston – Michael Casas – State Co-Champion, Elementary Championship Treasure Hills – Brandon Tovias – 6th Place, Elementary Championship Wilson – Christian Mata – 7th Place, Elementary Championship