LRHS esports off to fast start

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Zach Fenimore- Mustangs Ahead 

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS’s Esports teams are competing in their first season here at the Ranch.  

The teams have participants from all grades competing in video game competitions. 

The Esports program was started by journalism and history teacher Thomas Honsa and history teacher William Wallin and is now coached by math teacher Mark Marron.  

Teams are made up of three Mustangs who compete remotely against other schools in a match of Rocket League. 

Marron stated, “The best part about coaching the Esport teams is that this is a new and exciting sport that not only interests me personally but interests several other Mustangs who have joined. Currently we only have two Rocket League teams, but we plan on expanding the number of teams we have as well as what games we play in the spring season.” 

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“Honsa and Wallins got the program started and when they were looking for a coach I was immediately interested,” continued Marron. 

 The teams will be competing in tournaments against other teams across the country and are looking to continue their success from the start of their season. The LRHS Mustangs “A” team is currently 4-0, and the “B” team is 2-2.   

Honsa stated, “Esports has been around for a while, and shortly after last year’s graduation ceremony Principal Dustin Dahlquist and I were discussing it as a possible addition for this year.  It’s a multi-billion dollar a year global industry, fits into our school’s technology goals and is perfectly suited for Mustangs facing COVID restrictions this year.” 

“It’s off to a great start,” Honsa continued, “and we’re already seeking sponsors for the 2021-22 year.” 

Captain senior James Archibald stated, “I joined the Esports program because I thought playing competitive Esports for the Ranch would be fun. Given the matches we have played so far I think we will do well this season.”