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MHS Rocket League team takes state championship

Posted on: December 6, 2021
photo of e-sports venue

The Milford High School Rocket League team clinched its third state championship on Dec. 1, sweeping a team from Lima Shawnee 4-0, and putting the cap on an undefeated e-sports season.

Team coach David Coombs, AP Computer Science teacher at Milford High School, said he was proud of his team.

"Our players are among some of the best players in the world in Rocket League (some of which are in the top 100), so the final four games were all very convincing victories for our team," he said. "We have certainly made a name for ourselves in Esports Ohio (ESO). The founder of ESO recently left the following comment on a picture of my classroom: 'The facility of a Rocket League Dynasty.'"
Rocket League is a video game that is similar to playing soccer with cars. Players must push an oversize soccer ball into the goal while executing jumps, bumps and spins. Milford's varsity Rocket League team consists of senior Brendan Sullivan (aka Patty), senior Max Marsh (aka MadMarsh), junior Kaden Calvin (aka Zombie), and sophomore Jakob Rauch (aka Tragiik).

According to Coombs, Milford E-sports has had a high school varsity Rocket League team (and occasionally enough for a JV) since its inception in the spring of 2020.

"In the past we have had teams for League of Legends, Valorant, and Overwatch," he said. "This season, we started up Milford E-sports at the junior High building and decided to focus our efforts for two games, Rocket League and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate."

The e-sports season is seven weeks long and concludes with tournaments for each game. The league currently has 150+ schools participating. Milford is in one of two southwest conferences and regularly competes against schools like Moeller, Mariemont, Elder and Kings. 
"We were undefeated during our regularly scheduled season matches, and dominated at the regional tournament at Middletown High School," Coombs said. "For the semi-finals we won four games in a row against London High School, before winning four games in a row against Lima Shawnee to secure our title as State Champions for the third consecutive season."