The Hay Springs Hawks eSports team traveled to York, NE to compete on Friday, February 3rd in the NSeSA Winter Season State Finals. The team of four(Kaden Langford, Emily Nelson, Taden Tobiasson, and Tanner Tobiasson) played Mario Kart 8 against the team from Alma, NE. Hay Springs beat Alma in the first of three “cups” 85-71, but then Alma came back in the second cup race and won with a score of 94-62. In the last cup race, Alma really found their groove and ended up beating Hay Springs 100-56. The final score for all three cups was Alma 265 and Hay Springs 203.
After that race, Hay Springs was up again immediately to fight for the Bronze medal against arch-rivals Wynot. Even without a break, the Hawks put the pressure on Wynot early, handily winning the first cup with a score of 92-64. The tension was high at the Hawk table as the individual races of the second cup took place with the Hawks scoring very well in each race. As the final race finished, the excitement from the Team Hawks players was palpable…they had been adding up the scores in their heads and were pretty confident that they had beaten Wynot in the second cup as well. You could have heard a pin drop as everyone waited on the final tally and the announcement…”Hay Springs 95, Wynot 61!” The Hay Springs Hawks erupted with high fives and hugs all around…with a final cup score of 187-125, Hay Springs secured 3rd place at State! After the short celebration, team members congratulated the Wynot players as they walked off stage.
The final placings were as follows: 1st(Gold) place – Cody-Kilgore, 2nd(Silver) place – Alma, 3rd(Bronze) place – Hay Springs, 4th place – Wynot.