Central High School

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central High School’s chess team scored a checkmate in its first year competing as a member of the Illinois High School Association. It qualified for the state tournament.

The Maroons advanced during sectional competition Saturday at Washington High School.

Eight of the team’s 20 members will compete in the state tournament, set for Friday and Saturday at Peoria Civic Center — Beren Ozer, David Yong, Geri Paray, Marshall Bigler, Michael Lee, Ryan Slifer, Diego Marguccio and Gideon Blair.

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