Fall eSports Try-outs

The Hay Springs eSports club is holding try-outs/sign-ups on Monday, August 29th immediately after school at 4:20 PM in the technology office. If you are interested in competing in the Fall eSports season, please make sure you attend! The games being offered in the Fall competition are: Super Smash Brothers Ultimate(1v1, up to 5 teams) and Rocket League(3v3, up to 2 teams).

eSports Team Takes 3rd At State

On Friday, April 29th, the “Golden Hawks” competed at the 2022 Spring NSeSA State Esports Tournament held at York College in York, NE.  Kaden Langford and Sam Hindman played their first match against Wynot, NE Team 1 at 9:00 AM CT.  The competition was fierce with Wynot managing to pull just ahead of the Hawks in 3 of the 5 games needed to win the match.  Many of the coaches and organizers of the event said that the games were some of the closest they had seen.  Kaden and Sam said they had no regrets and felt that they played extremely well.  The next match the Hawks played was to determine who the 3rd place winners would be.  As fate would have it, they played a second Wynot team(Team 2) and ended up beating them quite soundly thus securing a 3rd place win!  It is rather unfortunate the way the bracket turned out that the Hawks were unable to compete against the team who finished in 2nd place(SEM Team 1).  As our substitute player, Jett Rasmussen, said, “I think we could have come away with the 2nd place medals had we been given a chance to play them.”  In any case, we were very pleased with our performance with this being our first trip to state competitions and “there’s always next year!”

Hay Springs eSports Team State Information

On Thursday, April 28th, the “Golden Hawks”, Hay Springs’s eSports team will be traveling to York, Nebraska to compete at the Nebraska Schools Esports Association(https://nebraskahsesports.com/) state tournament. The number 4 ranked Hay Springs team, consisting of Kaden Langford and Sam Hindman, will face off against number 1 ranked Wynot at 9:00 AM CT/8:00 AM MT on Friday, April 29th. We would like to thank those who have supported us through the season, we really appreciate all you have done for us and none of this would be possible without you!  A special thank you to the Hay Springs School Board for allowing us to use a suburban to make the trip!

Here is a link to the Schedule(times listed are in Central Time):

Here is a link to the Bracket:

Our first game against Wynot(and if we win that match, the championship game) will be streamed at:

If we do not win that match, the battle for 3rd place will be streamed at:

Hay Springs Scores Second eSports Win

eSports team members Sam Hindman and Kaden Langford racked up their second win of the season last Thursday, Feb. 4th against teams from Alma Public Schools.  Once again, our boys played Super Smash Brothers Ultimate against three teams from Alma and the results speak for themselves:

Week 2 – Hay Springs vs Alma
Alma3 vs HS1 – HS1 2-0
Alma2 vs HS1 – HS1 2-0
Alma1 vs HS1 – HS1 2-0

Kaden and Sam are making a habit of not allowing a single match win to escape their eSports careers thus far!  Can they continue their winning streak?  We will find out when they face Pender Public Schools this Thursday, February 11th at 4:30 PM.  Wish these boys good luck when you see them!


Hay Springs Wins eSport Tournament

On Friday, January 29th, the Hay Springs Hawks eSports team participated in their first tournament. This particular tournament involved the game Super Smash Brothers Ultimate which is played on the Nintendo Switch gaming system. Team members Sam Hindman and Kaden Langford competed against three teams from SEM Public School(Sumner, NE) all from the comfort of our own building thanks to the wonders of online gaming! Since we only have a single team of two players, we ended up playing the best 2 out of 3 matches against each of SEM’s three teams. The final outcome of the tournament was:

Week 1 – SEM vs Hay Springs
SEM3 vs HS1 – HS1 2-0
SEM2 vs HS1 – HS1 2-0
SEM1 vs HS1 – HS1 2-0

Yes, you read correctly, our dynamic duo didn’t even allow the other teams a single match win! Congratulations to both Kaden and Sam for the awesome performance and an amazing first tournament!

New Team Sport “eSports”

Gamers! Check out the newest team sport to hit Nebraska High Schools! Competitive eSports teams are alive in the Kearney area and on the east end of the state. Hay Springs would be the second school on the west end of the state to join along with Gering.
Games for the first semester competition are Starcraft II, Overwatch, and Rocket League. Two games are free to use, only Overwatch requires a purchase. Games are played online with no travel necessary. Mrs. Matthews and Mr. Reimann have volunteered to coach the players. (Who probably could beat us with one hand.)
If curious about what a college eSports setup looks like just ask the Robotics team who visited South Dakota School of Mines last springs. Yes, there is competitive eSports in college and you can get scholarships to play eSports at Concordia, Midland, and Bellevue Universities here in Nebraska.
Watch the announcements for information about an organizational meeting!