The Coalinga Chess Team members added three more state championships to their long list of titles during a recent competition in Southern California.
The team won the K-1, K-3 primary and junior high sections at the Southern California Scholastic State Chess Championships in Valencia last weekend.
Coalinga won the K-3 primary section for the fifth time in the last six years, coach Ed Wong said.
Coalinga has won 12 Southern California titles in the past six years.
Wong said he is proud of the success of his team members, who also are involved in many other activities, including sports.
Members of the winning K-1 team were Justin Balling, 5, and Jalen Valencia and Alexa Wong, both 6.
The team members who reclaimed the K-3 championship -- after a second-place finish last year -- were Michael Avelar, 7, Alexa Wong, and Dante Wexelblatt and Bryan Wong, both 8.
The winning junior high team members were Paul Carmona, Johnny Horn and Blake Wong, all 13, and Brett Wong, 12. Blake Wong finished fifth in the individual competition, Paul was ninth and Brett Wong tied for 10th.
Nearly 600 players from about 90 teams competed at the Southern California championships.
The Coalinga team will compete at the U.S. National Junior Congress Championship in San Francisco on March 23-24.
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