Monday, February 14, 2011

There will be (G-rated, fake) blood in Bloomington this weekend

Next weekend, the Downstate action shifts from Peoria to the Twin Cities.  From today's Bloomington Pantagraph:
Almost 400 elementary students from 50 schools across Illinois will guard their kings and queens this week in a new competition at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

The Illinois Elementary School Association’s first state chess tournament will be Friday and Saturday.

Chess is one of two activities that IESA added to its official sports and activities list this year. Bowling is the other.

“It’s a great opportunity for a lot of kids,” said Pat Bodame, IESA administrative specialist. “We are all about providing as many opportunities as we can.”

There are seven rounds starting at noon on Friday. Individual and team awards will be given at a ceremony following the last round of competition on Saturday.

Online information is available at

Admission each day will be $5. Children younger that kindergarten age are free.
 The article continues with an overview of how Central Illinois schools did at the IHSA championships.

It's too late to register for the IESA championships, but if you'd like to visit, you'll find more info on the ICA tournament calendar.

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