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PHS wins back-to-back state championships in e-sports

 

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Pickens School System Press Release

 

Congratulations to the Pickens High School Esports Rocket League team who brought home their second State Championship title after winning at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Glenn Campus in Sandy Springs on February 5, 2020. This years team members are Captain Mason Watkins (Senior), Carter Logan (Senior), Tristan Warren (Sophomore), Colby James (Senior), and Dalton Garner (Sophomore). Many fans were on hand to support this years team.

Esports stands for electronic sports, not to be confused with video games. What sets Esports apart is the level of organized competitive gameplay between teams and its own strict set of rules and guidelines. Esports is about teamwork, communication, strategic thinking and leadership in all the same ways that traditional sports are and then some. Esports popularity continues to grow with over 400 million fans worldwide. Numerous colleges and universities offer almost 10 million dollars in scholarships for Esports. The opportunity to participate in Esports offers our students the opportunity to do what they love and enjoy, and provides additional recognition.

Carter Logan is one of the top scorers in Georgia and averages over 10 goals a game. Tristan Warren and Mason Watkins both lead in assists. In last nights win, Mason was the top scorer! The Fastest Dog, a local business in the community, provides the computers the team uses, and they also provide team jerseys. Last year, The Fastest Dog graciously helped to sponsor the teams state championship rings. If you would like to view this years winning game, visit https://www.twitch.tv/videos/547379881.

Pickens County School District is proud of this team of students. Behind every winning team, you will find a coach who inspires and motivates his team. Mr. Will Nix continues to do an outstanding job working beside and coaching the Esports program, and we appreciate his leadership. Congratulations to Mr. Nix and Pickens High School two-time State Champions, Rocket League!