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Esports team ends state tourney in fourth place


Penn College takes on Temple University.
Penn College takes on Temple University.

Penn College’s esports team finished fourth in the 2020 PA Cup, a two-weekend tournament that culminated at Saturday’s finals in the commonwealth’s capital city.

Penn College esports team (from left): Nicholas J. Leon, of West Chester; Caleb A. Goss, of Middleburg; Dakota J. Hart, of Shamokin; coach Young; Michael N. Hagerstrom, of Lancaster; William C. Kohen, of Jersey Shore; and Jared S. Patten, of South Abington Township.
Penn College esports team (from left): Nicholas J. Leon, of West Chester; Caleb A. Goss, of Middleburg; Dakota J. Hart, of Shamokin; coach Young; Michael N. Hagerstrom, of Lancaster; William C. Kohen, of Jersey Shore; and Jared S. Patten, of South Abington Township.

During qualifying rounds in Overwatch and League of Legends on Feb. 7-8, the team competed virtually from its home campus – and the newly opened Wildcat Den in Madigan Library.

Vocal fans turn out in support.
Vocal fans turn out in support.

Teams that advanced to the finals of Pennsylvania’s collegiate championship fought it out Feb. 15 before a live audience at Club XL, a popular Harrisburg music venue.

“Our Overwatch team battled against Penn State University, Pitt-Bradford, Penn State Harrisburg and Widener University to make it to the finals,” coach Joshua D. Young said.

Practicing before a match
Practicing before a match

“This was our maiden trip to an esports final and we learned what it takes to compete at the next level. We battled fiercely against the top teams and ended up fourth out of the 16 schools that competed.”

Young said the team had a “great group of fans cheering us on the entire time”: more than a dozen classmates, friends and family who traveled to the event.

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