‘Good to be the first’: Mt. Pleasant launches Maury County’s first esports team – Columbia Daily Herald

‘Good to be the first’: Mt. Pleasant launches Maury County’s first esports team – Columbia Daily Herald

Three Mt. Pleasant Middle School students carried Maury County Public Schools into a new era Thursday afternoon, competing in the school district’s very first esports match.

Instead of strapping into protective football gear or lacing on soccer cleats, Camarii Flowers, Sam Andrews and George Clinkscale used quick thumb-work to log into a network of digital athletes to compete with a video game controller in hand.

For them, the match is Rocket League, a popular competitive game in which players take control of booster-powered cars, playing a game of soccer on wheels. 

During their very first match, the three middle school students took on an experienced team from Cristo Rey High School in Milwaukee. 

Created and published by the San Diego-based developer Psyonix, the 2015 game has become a popular platform for competitive gaming, and has since been acquired by Epic Games, the makers of the vastly popular online video game Fortnite.

With a final score of 3-0, the match was a learning experience for the young local team. 

Mt. Pleasant Middle School eighth grade student George Clinkscale competes in the first esports match to be held at Maury County Public Schools in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

“Other people like to play football and basketball. They
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