Across the board: FMS Chess wins City Champions

The Frenship Middle School chess team won its third consecutive city championship. (Provided by FISD.)

The Frenship Middle School chess team won its third consecutive city championship.
(Provided by FISD.)

The Frenship Middle School chess team continues to build on its reputation of being a talented group of students.

For the third consecutive season, FMS has done it again — won the City Championship.

“Every one we win the kids get really excited because the competition is pretty stiff. They have done it three years in a row and I don’t think people understand how difficult it is,” said Thomas Messerschmidt, the FMS chess sponsor. “It is very difficult to win three years in a row, because Hutchinson has a pretty solid team. Evans has a solid team. I mean, we even beat all the high schools.”

Frenship went to work early in the year to protect its title. Students who collect three wins or more earn one point for each win and those points accumulate over the season through six tournaments, with the team with the most points winning the City Championship.

The middle school squad defeated teams from across to South Plains and New Mexico to repeat as city champions.

FMS’s legacy has preceded it. According to information provided by the school district, Frenship Middle School has finished first as a team in all but one of its past 17 tournaments and second once.

Also, the team has had at least one student finish first in all 17 contests.

Frenship’s Chris Cashman has helped lead his team to another title with impressive performances. The eighth-grader won first place in 11 tournaments and has amassed a 44-0 record.

“I think it says a lot about the kids and how they are dedicated to the program and work hard to get where they are at,” Messerschmidt said. “We set team goals before individual goals. So, it’s really cool that the kids go in there knowing ‘I may not win first place as an individual, but as long as I win three games for the team I accomplished a goal.’ So, that’s good for them.”

The Frenship Middle School team has earned almost 500 points in the past three years, which means 167 players have won at least three games during that time.


Listed below are the FMS 2016-17 team members by grade.

Eighth grade: Cade Salisbury, Garrett Racca, Mark Dannemiller, Kaiden Womack, Nate Hitt, Deven Hollingsworth and Chris Cashman;

Seventh grade: Rex Newsom, Weston Brown, Landon Wilson, Van Ferullo, Davis Eulenbach and Andrew Beck;

Sixth grade: Masen Upton, Chad Williamson, Dylan Dorsey, Ben Myers, Henry Whiting, Kole Carrasco, Brycen Ladd, Hayden Cashman, Jamie Lea Cuevas and Taylor Baker.

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