PORT ANGELES– The Peninsula College Esports team hosted a tournament for high school players at the end of May, and when the virtual dust settled, Jeren Ruiz of Bainbridge Island, Matthew DeGroot of Lynden and Cole Fierst of Lynden became the winners.

” This event exceeded my expectations, and I was blown away at the skill we have in Washington state,” said Peninsula esports head coach Charlie Morrow. “I wanted to extend a shoutout to Jason Dilley from Sedro-Woolley High School and Michael Patterson from Lynden High School. They had the ability to round up some extraordinary players, all of whom I would be lucky to have on my lineup in the future.”

The best local finish originated from Aric Johnstone of Chimacum, who ended up third in the Smash Brothers competition.

Ruiz claimed the Rocket League title on Might 22, while DeGroot prevailed in the Smash Brothers tournament May 23 and Fierst won the League of Legends competitors May 24. All 3 winners earned $50 gift cards.

Morrow conceived the competition as a method to search high school gamers for Peninsula College’s new esports team.

The Pirates contended in Rocket League, League of Legends and Overwatch in 2019-20 and are adding Super Smash Brothers, Rainbow 6 and Fortnite in 2020-21. Scholarships are available to certifying esports gamers.

The occasions were live streamed with Pirate players Drew Eckard and Mike Roggenbuck assisting coach Morrow with shoutcasting.

Finishers were:

* Rocket League: Jeren Ruiz, Bainbridge Island, first; Nicholas Green, Bethel, 2nd; Jacob Top, Lynden, third.

* Smash Brothers: Matthew DeGroot, Lynden, first; Carlos Rodriguez, Sedro-Woolley, 2nd; Aric Johnstone, Chimacum, third.

* League of Legends: Cole Fierst, Lynden, initially; Elijah Sanders, Sedro-Woolley, second; Kim Partida-Morales, Sedro-Woolley, third.

Equestrian honor

PORT ANGELES– Port Angeles’ Sara Holland, 14, has been granted a certificate of achievement for successful conclusion of the U.S. Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program for 2019-2020.

Holland, a freshman at Port Angeles High School, trains under the instruction of Nancy McCaleb at Living Well Farm in Port Angeles.

Holland has actually finished over 100 hours of training at Living Well Farm focusing on the Hunter/Jumper discipline within the 2019-20 year. The U.S. Equestrian Professional Athlete Lettering Program was developed to provide acknowledgment for the accomplishments of young equestrians and motivate their future involvement in equestrian sport.

U.S. Equestrian is the nationwide governing body for equestrian sports in the United States, approved by the United States Olympic Committee. The U.S. Equestrian Professional athlete Lettering Program includes young equestrians included in all types and disciplines from grassroots to global competitions.