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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015
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A battle of minds
into a corner. As the stalemate
approached, Galdamez made his
With the win, Galdamez sur-
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place, awaiting the completion
of another match between HHS
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BY SEAN HART
rigon High School senior Darin
Hauner to determine if he would
Hermiston High School stu- share the victory or stand alone at
dents battled until only three the top of the podium.
chess pieces remained on the
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board in one of the last matches at XS D ¿JKW EXW +DXQHU HPHUJHG
the Region 23 Chess Tournament as the victor and claimed a tie
at HHS Saturday.
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Junior Larkin Havins entered mez. Havins stood alone in sec-
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the highest score among the 11 third with HHS freshman Jadwin
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maining, Havins could not win
After the victory, Galdamez
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ed for a tie would propel him to tournament.
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Havins in checkmate. Galdamez
Galdamez said he practiced
only had 50 moves, however, be- once a week with the district’s
fore a stalemate would be called. chess club, which includes mem-
The players took turns moving bers from HHS and Sandstone and
their pieces, with Havins count- Armand Larive middle schools.
ing aloud each round, hoping to The middle schoolers also com-
hold out long enough for the tie. peted Saturday, and their com-
Galdamez chose his moves care- petition included an overall team
fully and backed Havins’ king winner, in addition to sixth-, sev-
Local students do
well at regional chess
enth- and eighth-grade winners.
Armand Larive won the team tro-
phy, and students from the school
won each of the grade levels.
Max Spencer, who participat-
sixth-grade winner. He said he
has been playing for about a year
and a half and saw a poster for the
chess club at school and thought
it would be fun. He earned the
fourth-highest score from Ar-
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among seventh-graders and had
the second highest score from Ar-
Bobby Bellinger won the
eighth-grade level and led the
middle schoolers in scoring. Bell-
inger, who has been playing for
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tournament two years ago in Hep-
pner, said Saturday’s event went
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he said. “We got to hang out with
a lot of people, and it was really
Bellinger said his parents
taught him to play, and he “just
started escalating” as a player af-
can use your mind to do it,” he
very long to learn, and you just
keep getting better and better.”
Seventh-grader Jerence Lyons
had the third highest score from
Armand Larive and said he has
SEAN HART PHOTO
Hermiston High School freshman Logan Miller, left, and Irrigon High School
tie in the high school category of the competition.
been playing chess with his dad
for as long as he can remember.
a fun strategy game that you can
pretty much play any time if you
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strongly encourage it because
you have to really think a lot in
order to not lose. You have to
kind of predict the other player’s
Bellinger, Rodriguez, Lyons
and Spencer will represent Ar-
mand Larive and Region 23 at
the state tournament in Portland
in March, and the grade-level
winners will compete in the in-
dividual category, as well. Gal-
damez and Hauner will compete
at state in the high school tourna-
ment, and Hermiston Chess Club
adviser and Saturday’s tourna-
ment director Delia Wallis said
she hoped to convince the state
director to accept Havins, and
possibly other competitors, as
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playing chess extend far beyond
tournament trophies and the par-
ticipation ribbons all of the com-
“They get to practice social
skills,” she said of the students.
“They get to practice being polite
and taking their turn and losing
gracefully and coaching kindly
without being a bossy know-it-
all. And the thinking, we’ve got
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they can ratchet things down and
slow down and take the game
seriously, then it’s amazing how
that just seems to pay off.”
meat and then stirred every- and her mother cooked it
thing. Then, when she tast- with Peruvian beans. Men-
ed it, she added other spices doza said they also added
Smells of cooked beef, and ingredients to taste, in- some lime to give it a bit of
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High School commons Fri-
After the competition, it,” she said of the people
day night as eight groups Hughes said her goal was who tried it at the contest.
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a sweat in the kitchen to what exactly she did to tency that set it apart.”
create a variety of chili for make the chili.
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Lions chili contest.
make it again,” she said their traditional chili reci-
For many who entered with a laugh.
pe, which featured all the
the contest, the production
Other chili concoctions traditional ingredients. Nu-
of the popular Texas dish were more traditional with trition Director Rikkilynn
provided an opportunity to their beef component, cum- Larsen said they decided to
get a little creative.
in spice and traditional kid- use beef crumbles, kidney
Eight teams put a slight- QH\ EHDQV :LWK WKH 8PD- beans, onions, cumin, pinto
ly different spin on the tilla Robotics Team’s entry, beans and a variety of other
traditional recipe, but one however, the students sub- seasonings.
shook everyone’s palettes. stituted one or two of the
Jodene Hughes entered a main ingredients to give it a use for school,” she said,
white chili, which featured little different consistency.
adding that people still en-
a range of different spic-
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es, and chicken instead of member Anay Mendoza said
Dave Hughes and Daryl
the usual beef for the meat the students looked up a tra- Shaw were presented with
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ipes and put them together called for pinto beans. She tively.
to do my own thing,” she
Of the eight recipes en-
tered, Hughes’ chili was
the only one that featured
a white sauce and white
said she used cheese, sour
cream, heavy whipping
cream, white kidney beans,
northern beans, canned fa-
jita chicken and regular
chicken, garlic and cumin.
said. “The whole thing
probably took about 45
MAEGAN MURRAY PHOTO
minutes to whip up.”
Hughes said when she Umatilla School District Nutrition Director Rikkilynn Larsen
was preparing the concoc- prepares a sample of chili Friday night during the Umatilla-Irri-
tion, she just browned the gon Lions chili cook-off at Umatilla High School.
BY MAEGAN MURRAY
are looking for
wedding photos to
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Bridal Planner that
March 7, 2015.
Hughes said he used
what he likes to call the
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method. He said he basi-
of already-made chili into a
pot and called it good.
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effort, really,” he said with
Following the chili
cook-off, entrants and
those who tasted the chili
then were able to purchase
baked goods in an auction.
Overall, the event raised
$927 for the local Lions
club, which will use the
funds to support a variety
of local programs.
Club President Cathy Putnam
said the funds don’t go toward
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the organization wants to give
back to a variety of programs.
She said past funds have gone
to the Agape House backpack
program, school programs
and many others.
Putnam said fewer peo-
ple participated in this
year’s contest but she is
hopeful for next year. She
said the competition usu-
ally has more than 10 en-
tries. She said if people are
interested in participating
next year, they should stop
and speak with her to get all
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about the same time in Feb-
ruary,” she said.
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