Teams from Rock Bridge High School advance to state esports championship – KOMU 8

Teams from Rock Bridge High School advance to state esports championship – KOMU 8

COLUMBIA — Now is just the beginning for competitive video games, according to Rock Bridge High School esports head coach Matt Pryor.

“What really matters is only the results we’re getting from the students and how it’s positively impacting their lives,” Pryor said.

Braeden Jenkins, a sophomore at Rock Bridge, says participating in his high school’s Rocket League team has already changed his high school experience.

“In a weird sense, COVID-19 was one of the best things to ever happen for esports,” Jenkins said. “It pushed a lot of people who wouldn’t normally play into exploring the genre, and it grew our community really fast.”

The Rock Bridge High School Rocket League team is among the most successful in Missouri. Next weekend, two teams from Rock Bridge will compete in an elite 8 single elimination tournament to claim their status as champions in the state. 

The event is organized by the Missouri Scholastic Esports Federation,
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