SPARTA — The Sparta Chess Team reaffirmed its best public school chess program in New Jersey reputation by winning the NJ Middle School Tournament for the second consecutive year. Lucas Rendina, Akshat Iyer and Timothy Lee all received individual awards for their efforts, and the SMS team nipped perennial rival Christian Brothers Academy. Brian Smith, Cole Potter, and Tim Mulkerin rounded out the team. This was the team's fourth NJ Middle School Championship.
Not to be outdone, The Helen Morgan team won their second consecutive NJ Public School Elementary Championship. Vaiden Pollard led the team with 3.5 points. Ian Bellush, Chloe Brawer, and Jc Langeraap each had three wins. The rest of the team included Ayush Iyer, Griffin Brawer, Rowan Mendel, Kristopher and Kristina Carneiro, Leah Andrini, and Christian Posada.
The Sparta HS Team finished in first place in the North Jersey Chess League for the sixth consecutive season with a 3-2 win over arch rival Livingston on Wednesday March 8. The team avenged an earlier loss with sparkling efforts from Cameron Flores, and Chris Hakkenberg. The team will be playing in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Championship this weekend.