The La Salette chess team fell hard against 10-0 Bismarck-Henning on Thursday night, losing by scores of 55.5 – 2.5 and 43 – 25. La Salette ends the in-conference regular season in third place, with a 6-4 record.
Thursday also saw the last games of the Eastern Conference’s ongoing junior varsity tournament. La Salette JV players Thomas Cook (6-1-1), Thomas Peterson (8-2), and Ian Somdahl (7-3) took the top three spots in the final JV rankings.
La Salette (6-2) defeated Danville (0-6) on Thursday by a score of 68-0 in both matches. On the same night, Bismarck-Henning (8-0) won two matches against Uni (2-2), raising the stakes for La Salette’s final regular season contest against Bismark on December 1. If La Salette’s players can bring back two victories over the veteran Bismarck team, they could cause a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Two familiar faces are back on campus this year, as alumni Father Jamey Rigi ’07 and Brother Dominic Savio (Christopher Tomaszycki) ’08 have been assigned to the Academy. Ordained in 2014, Father Rigi spent his first priestly years at Saint Thomas Becket Academy in Veneta, Oregon before coming home to the Alma Mater this fall. Currently, Father teaches both eighth and ninth grade religion classes, as well as Latin. He will also supervise the sacristy and yearbook staff. Brother Dominic is on his first assignment after finishing his novitiate and having worked in the office, in the kitchen and on the grounds at Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary. Brother will bring his culinary skills to the Academy kitchen where he has already begun to delight the palates of students and staff. In addition, Brother will aid in the supervision of the eighth grade. We are quite excited to welcome back our own graduates to now fill such important roles in the formation of our students.
First board Gregory Sumantri came through with two wins against the conference’s heretofore highest-ranked player, as the Lions defeated Mahomet in both matches: 46-22 and 57-11. La Salette chess thus improves to 4-2