Recognized as a sport by the AIA, high school chess has been increasing in popularity around the Valley.
And with all of last year’s players returning, the Saints are ready to take another crack at the state championship title.
NDP’s 10-member team meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 901 throughout its fall season. The team is led by Deacon Carmene Carbone and Richard DesMarais, father of senior Nick DesMarais.
Ranked seventh in Arizona and 43rd nationally of all seventeen-year-olds, DesMarais is no slouch. “I have too many trophies to count. I even had to throw some away,” he said. Yet, he has big plans for this year’s run at a state championship and is constantly advocating for increased support of the team.
There has even been talks of NDP’s very own student cheer section, the Dawg Pound, traveling to local tournaments to provide a competitive edge.
According to senior chess team member Adam Katafiasz, “We don’t have much competition regionally, but Catalina Foothills will be tough at state.”