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Barnegat esports team win state title Saturday

Barnegat esports team win state title Saturday

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Barnegat E-Sports Team

The Barnegat esports team. Back row from left, CJ Dringus, Owen Godbout, Deegan Melchiondo, Jake Giordano, Jeff Giordano and Anthony Pignatelli; front row from left, Sebastian Sares, Joseph Hufman, Liam Mangeruga and coach Traci Sellers

Barnegat High School’s “Rocket League” esports team took first place at the Garden State Esports Finals at Rutgers University on Saturday.

Barnegat competed for the winning title against 19 other schools in the state.

The Bengals (12-0) went undefeated in nine regular-season games and three postseason games, including two during the championship Saturday. Barnegat beat Oakcrest 3-0 in the semifinals and Princeton 3-1 in the finals to win the title.

“We are so proud of these young men for their phenomenal teamwork and dedication. They have worked hard for this honor, and it is well deserved,” Barnegat coach Traci Sellers said in a release.

Along with the championship, sophomore Hannah Cronen won the Garden State Esports Fandom Art contest.

Barnegat is one of more than 80 districts in the state with an esports team. The Bengals started the program in 2020. According to the release, participation is continually growing at Barnegat.

“We hope to continue to grow our program and encourage students to get involved,” Sellers said. “Our esports family has some of the most amazing students. They are kind, dedicated and we are so lucky to have the opportunity to work with them throughout the year.”

Oakcrest’s team comprised of Dylan Nefferdorf, Lucas Espen and Zachary Marengo finished fourth in the state in “Rocket League.”

Contact Patrick Mulranen: 609-272-7217

Twitter @ACPressMulranen


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