Kenai League of Legends team captain Silas Thibodeau fights a monster in the jungle during a match against Anchorage Christian Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai League of Legends team captain Silas Thibodeau fights a monster in the jungle during a match against Anchorage Christian Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Esports: Kenai brings home two Week 2 sweeps, SoHi enters competition

League of Legends

The Kenai Kardinals handily dispatched the Sitka Wolves with a final score of 2-0 on Tuesday, rising to 1-1 in tournament play. Kenai is now ninth in the league.

Coach Shane Lopez said it was a good week. They controlled the match, and brought in a sub for the second game to make sure everyone was getting experience.

“The guys are playing really well,” Lopez said. “Getting more used to one another as a team.”

He said Captain Silas Thibodeau is ranked first in the state for generating gold per minute, and Cody Good is ranked third for his kill to death ratio, two key indicators for success in the game.

The Soldotna Stars took a bye week, forfeiting their match and falling to 0-2 in the league.

Soldotna Coach Jonus Kaponus Angleton said that SoHi has had a rough start getting players going, and they had to forfeit this week’s League of Legends match because they didn’t have enough players.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Kenai’s Smash Team 1 remains undefeated in the league, rising to 2-0 after defeating Delta Junction on Wednesday.

Lopez said Team 1 was down a man, so they had to get the sweep. Good and Kage Adkins won their games even though Delta Junction brought counters for their most played characters.

“The guys haven’t dropped a round yet,” Lopez said.

Kenai 1 has won every game, series and match so far, and that perfect record puts them firmly at the top of the league. Three teams are undefeated, but the other two haven’t managed the complete sweeps that Kenai has. In second place is Lathrop High School, which is also 2-0, but which let a game fall to Sitka this week.

Lopez said he expected to be matched against one of the undefeated teams next week.

Kenai 2 was set to play Nikiski, but Coach Shane Lopez said the match was postponed to next week.

The Soldotna Stars fell to South Anchorage on Wednesday, with a final score of 2-0. They are now 0-2 in the league, after taking a bye week last week, and are ranked 23rd.

Rocket League

Kenai was swept by Thunder Mountain High School 3-0, falling to 0-2 in the league, now ranked 12th.

Lopez said the Rocket League team is a young group, but that they’re learning.

“They just need more games under their belt,” he said.

Soldotna Stars played Service High School and claimed a 3-1 victory. Their record is 1-1, following a forfeit last week.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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