The Joliet Central High School chess team qualified to compete in the state chess team tournament, which was held Feb. 13 and 14 at the Peoria Civic Center.
The team advanced to state by finishing second in the Andrew Sectional.
This is the first time in school history that the team finished as runners-up at the sectional and enters the state finals series seeded at a high of 33rd in the state, out of more than 150 competing schools.
Rodney Coatney Sr. is the coach. The team captains are Hunter Binder and John Linehan, with teammates DJ Morales, Sergio Zavala, Paige Overcash, Eduardo Alvarado, Vicky Keoborakot, Danny Keoborakot, Jose Mendieta, Matthew Budde, Tyler McDonald, Giovany Cruz and Daniel Carter.