Esports team photo collage

Penn Manor esports team wins state title

Congratulations to the Penn Manor High School Rocket League varsity esports team, which won the state championship February 3 with a 3-0 win over Coatesville High School.

The team of Tyler Moore, Seth Lyter, Nate Mintzer, and Alex Rivera finished the winter season with a 9-0 record and the Pennsylvania Scholastic Esports League state title.

“It’s absolutely fantastic,” coach Scott Hertzog said of the title run. “I’m proud of them because they worked really hard to get to this point.”

The team also qualified for the Battle Academy Winter Major, which includes the top 16 high school teams in the nation that have taken part in this season’s UGC winter tournament.

Penn Manor, one of eight teams to qualify from the East Coast, will compete February 15 in the Battle Academy Winter Championship Group Stage.

The Comets will take on the Rock Bridge High School Green Team, Portage Esports Red Team, and the Shrewsberry High School CEOS. To advance, teams must win at least two games.

Penn Manor’s Rocket League team is one of several fielded by the high school , which also has varsity and junior varsity teams competing in the League of Legends and Overwatch League. About 50 students are participating in esports this year, nearly twice as many as in the team’s first year in 2019.

Not only do esports team members compete against students from other schools, they also are responsible for streaming their matches and handling social media and photography duties for the team.

Penn Manor’s spring esports season begins the week of February 11.

We wish the team members well in the second half of this school year!