|Lincoln High School 2005
A Division Team Champions
B Division Team Champions
Middle School Champions
Board 1 Champion: Brian Esler (Lincoln)
Awards: Blake Salisbury (Clatskanie),
Corbin Yu (Lake Oswego), Ethan Peake (Westview), Chris Griffin (Sherwood), Andy
Koch (Portland Christian)
Board 2 Champion: Michael Taylor (Clatskanie)
Awards: Isaiah Dunn (Cottage Grove), Garrett Good (Wilson), Rory Fifield
(Sherwood), Greg Watkins (Lake Oswego)
Board 3 Champion: Andy Pham (Benson)
Awards: Ted Sanders (Wilson), Peter Reid (Sherwood), Adam Leong (Pleasant Hill)
Board 4 Champion: Thomas Kyle-Milward (Clatskanie)
Awards: Nick Glessman (Cottage Grove), Mark Ethan (Wilson)
Board 5 Champion:
Alan Deeth (Westview)
Awards: Sean Field-Eaton (Tigard), Paul Stanton (Wilson)
|Lake Oswego (L) vs. Clatskanie (R)
A message from...
OHSCTA Executive Secretary
Thanks to everyone for one of the most exciting and successful state tournaments
in recent memory. The competition was fierce, the hospitality was wonderful, and how nice to meet and greet new and
Congratulations especially to Kate Taylor and our new state champions from Clatskanie. It goes to
show you that you don't have to be from a big city to put together a program that can compete with, and defeat, the rest of
Congratulations too to Stephen Runion, our tournament host, for his outstanding effort to make us
all comfortable and to do with efficiency all he was called upon to do. I only hope I can do a fraction as well as he
did as we host everyone next year at Cottage Grove. (Pencil it in--February 24 and 25, 2006!)
Thanks to Alan
Svehaug for two years as our Executive Secretary. Alan is a person who thinks outside the box, and his contribution
this year of trophies to middle school teams was brilliant. I watched him make tough decisions a couple of times at
the tournament this weekend and I was impressed with his wisdom, compassion, and sense of fairness for everyone.
Kudos as well to Neil Dale, our tournament director, and to Steve Hawke,
who ably assisted him and who has already provided me with several words of wisdom.
Thanks too to everyone else who assisted. I dare not claim to have
an exhaustive list because I will forget someone, so, you know who you are, and you are wonderful!
Now I begin a term as the OHSCTA Executive Secretary. The goal
I have selected as the focus of my term will be to promote the building of new programs and new leagues. We have already
heard of the possibility of a league including McMinnville and the Delphian School, along with Amity, and possibly Newberg
and Yamhill-Carlton, and maybe more. We also hear there may be something forming in Central Oregon, and Kate Taylor
and others are exploring the possibility of a "cyber-league" for those who are more remote.
If you have contacts in
Oregon high schools where chess teams do not exist, I call upon you to use whatever influence you have to get things started.
I plan to "heat up" the contacts with other schools, and to keep the pressure on, because once these schools get started,
they will have as much fun as we do! Just imagine the current field, but add in teams from the Salem area, southern
Oregon, the coast, eastern Oregon, and so on. Our tournament is already a great event, but more participation would make it
even more exciting.
I also believe we have some unresolved issues involving the participation of teams composed entirely
of middle schoolers. I liked Alan's solution of special trophies just for them, but would like to hear what others thought
of that. Also, at our next tournament, we will need to elect an Executive Secretary-elect and establish a site for our
2007 tournament, so please give those items some consideration.
We have incredible talent in the teachers, coaches,
advisors, and volunteers in our organization. Again, thank you all, and please stay in touch with your thoughts and
ideas to help us continuously improve OHSCTA and our state tournament.