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Cougar eSports sends five into NJCAAE playoffs
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April 18, 2022 

The Barton Community College eSports team wrapped up the spring regular season this past week with the Cougars clinching five into the NJCAAE Playoffs.

Concluding the season at 61-33 as a squad, Barton wrapped the week nine action with a 6-4 mark while a pair locked a perfect season, joining the Rainbow 6 Siege team.

Postseason action gets underway on Monday, April 18, with a NBA2K doubleheader, a pair of Madden 22 contests on Tuesday and Call of Duty Cold War Gunfight 2v2 to conclude the opening week of the NJCAAE Playoffs on Thursday.

Madden 22 gamer Chance Costello joined his teammate Davon Morris with a perfect (8-0) regular season record and perfect (16-0) games record, earning a 2-0 triumph over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Costello heads into the NJCAAE postseason as the top seed matching up against the eighth seed from Fort Scott Community College while Morris, the defending fall national champion, heads into the big dance as the second seed matching up with in-state foe Hutchinson Community College.

Undefeated heading into the final week of the regular season, NBA2K participant Anthony Twiggs fell just short of a perfect regular season at 8-1, splitting his pair of contests for the week. Making up his week one contest on Thursday night, Twiggs experienced his first hiccup of the season, dropping a 2-1 decision to Catawba Valley Community College before bouncing back on Friday night and cruising to a 2-0 victory over Central Wyoming College.

Riding a six-game winning streak since dropping his season opener to Gogebic Community College, Kaleb Lininger sustained his winning ways with a 2-0 crushing victory over Utah State University Eastern concluding his regular season with a 7-1 sheet.

Joshua Neal wrapped his 2K campaign with a 2-0 victory over Nassau Community College, closing his season a game above .500 at 5-4.

Lininger and Twiggs would open their postseason run Monday as the second and fourth seeds taking on Dallas College Mountain View and St. Clair Community College respectfully.

Needing a win to solidify their spot in the Call of Duty Gunfight 2v2 big dance, the duo of Kindric Castro and Adam Hardin achieved just that earning a 3-1 win over Trinidad State College. Sitting at 8-1 heading into the playoffs as the fifth seed, the pair will begin their quest to their second straight national title game in as many semesters on Thursday against Bryant and Stratton College (Wisconsin).

The Call of Duty Vanguard 4v4 team ended their season on a positive note snapping, a seven-match losing streak and finishing their season at 2-7 overall.

Madden 22 gamer Caden Nokleby, the Rocket League team and the Vanguard squad had their seasons close on sour notes dropping 2-1, 3-0 and 2-0 decisions respectfully.