New eSports team has high hopes

Strath Haven’s newest sport team hopes to build community through video games.

Charles Bogert '23, Contributor

Strath Haven’s renowned sports programs are now digital, too. Led and organized by Computer Science Teacher Mrs. Katie McLead, the eSports team launched this fall and is now competing against other schools in the area.

“Well, Dr. Hilden had a vision for an eSports team,” Mclead said. “When I asked the students about it, they were really excited about the possibility. It feels like the right time for sure.” 

Overall, the eSports team looks a little different from conventional sports teams. 

“We practice pretty much on our own,” senior Varsity Team A player Erich Boerth said. “[It’s] pretty much player facilitated. But we’re pretty good about it, and we try to do as much as we can.”

The club isn’t just a way to play video games, Boerth said, but rather another way to build community and connect with other players. 

“I think that it’s a really good community,” Boerth said. “This allows you to take it seriously and play with other people, and then have a chance to play against other people who are really good.” 

Right now, the only game offered is Rocket League, but McLead hopes to add many more games as the school year continues. 

Next semester, the team hopes to continue to play Rocket League while also sprinkling in some Super Smash Bros Tournaments when available.

McLead’s vision is not just one of winning state championships. She also wants to build the club to incorporate more students.

“I would like to have some production or production group. So streaming the game, social media, any kind of broadcasting, and technical support,” Mclead said.  

She also mentioned adding analytics, marketing, finance, and other roles so students can get involved with the team.

The Rocket League season is already in full swing, and the A, B, and JV teams play through the month of November, with playoffs starting shortly after.