The Boonsboro Middle School Chess Club participated March 21 in the 2009 Maryland Scholastic State Chess Championship in Towson, Md.
They began the day ranked seventh, but after five rounds of play, the BMS team finished in third place.
The team, led by seventh-grader Vincent Smith-DiLeo and sixth-grader Ricky Warrick, finishing in seventh and eighth place respectively, scored four points out of a possible five points in tournament play.
The middle school section had 90 players fighting for the top 10 trophy places. Eighth-grader David George, who earned 3.5 points and seventh-grader Nicholas Dougherty, with 3.0 points, rounded out the top four players for Boonsboro.
The BMS twelve-member team also consisted of eighth-grader Randy Kines with 2.0 points, seventh-graders Bronson King and Mark Leadingham each with 2.5 points, Bryce King and Gregory Fiola each with 2.0 points, sixth-graders Aaron George and Dakota Pfeiffer each with 2.0 points and Austin Fowler with 1.0 point.