Halligan was a little bit disconcerted by the online meets this year, but he managed to win a respectable amount of games this season
Schell was disappointed by his final season due to the fact that all of the meets were virtual, rather than in person.
This year Luke experienced his first season on the varsity team. He did a good job stepping up and defeating opponents.
Playing aggressively, Raphael had no difficulty with the switch from physical chess matches to virtual ones.
The Lions team benefited greatly by Dean's presence on fifth board. He won several games that caused the Lions to win the whole match.
Tim Stafki played an excellent 6th board this year. Despite being the last board, the Lions depended greatly on the outcome of his games to be able to overcome their opponents.
Brother was on the chess team when he was student and has been coaching since 2019.
Normal Community West
R1: 19-39 (L) R2: 21-37 (L)
R1: 37-21 (W) R2:27-31 (L)
R1: 45-13 (W) R2:47-11 (W)
R1: 58-0 (W) R2: 58-0 (W)
R1: 45.5-12.5 (W) R2: 58-0 (W)
R1: 42-16 (W) R2: 47-11 (W)
R1: 47-11 (W) R2: 34-24 (W)
R1: 0-58 (L) R2: 7-51 (L)
THE SEASON IN REVIEW:
The Lions' team this year ended with an exceptional record winning eleven of their sixteen matches. The varsity team was composed of one senior, three juniors, and two sophomores. Though very young and inexperienced, the team managed to make significant progress over the space of the year and overcome many of their opponents. La Salette started their season with a pair of losses to a skilled opponent: Brimfield Highschool. With their next matchup, against Bismark, the team split the event, being victorious for the first match and losing the second. Encouraged by their close games, the Lions proceeded to win their next ten games by a significant margin. After over a month of not playing, the team encountered their most difficult opponent in the year: Normal Community West. Losing both of the games, the Lions came away from the encounter with a focus - a focus on becoming the champions next year.
With the team as young as it is, the Lions have a great hope for next year. Because of the many younger players, the team will only lose one varsity player next year. This encourages the team, and brings them to believe that next year will be even better.