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Pace High hosts first e-sports tournament

20 students compete, with another 25 watching virtually

Eric Nortmann won the recent Spartans Smash Bros e-sports tournament over 19 other competitors.

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Eric Nortmann won the recent Spartans Smash Bros e-sports tournament over 19 other competitors.

MIAMI GARDENS | As one of the few high schools in South Florida with an E-sports lab, Msgr. Edward Pace hosted its first gaming tournament in early September.

Twenty students took part in the Spartans Smash Bros Tournament, with about 25 others watching. They all kept touch virtually from their homes, via online communications through Pace High.

Taking first place was Eric Nortmann, who won a HyperX Cloud II Gaming headset. Second-place winner Ricardo Santos earned a $50 Amazon gift card. Matthew Paz, the third-place winner, won a $25 Amazon gift card.

When health officials allow, the club plans to host tournaments right at the school's E-sports lab. The state-of-the-art lab includes gaming consoles, gaming chairs and flat-screen monitors.

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