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ESports: Springfield’s Newest Team

Springfield Esports Team (Pierre LaRocco)

If you ever happen to be walking down the hallways towards the lower house, you might wonder what the room is off to the side. Or maybe you see some administrators wearing their “game shirts” around the school. They are supporting Springfield’s ESports team. The team, a new addition to the school’s athletic team, is coached by Dr. Maharaj, also known as Dr. M. There are four different teams, including the League of Legends, Smash, Rocket League, and the Overwatch team. The teams consist of between three and six players, which gives plenty of opportunity for many athletes to participate. 

While trying to form this team, Dr. M credited the administration’s support along with the group of students that “brought in their own stuff,” which led to the success in forming this team. Because of their work to form the team, all the athletes could reap the benefits. Dr. M particularly enjoyed seeing kids in different lights and the “tactical and strategic things that kids do.” 

Other leadership comes from Matt Bunkin and Vincent Lin, the two captains. Matt thinks competing for  Spartan ESports is a great time and allows athletes to “pursue a passion for gaming while still being tied with school and friends.” Both Matt and Vincent have helped the team to grow in size and popularity around Springfield. 

With any new club or sport, the question becomes whether it will be able to continue into the future. Vincent believes that “Esports will continue due to its continuous rise in popularity.” Moreover, Matt believes “students are showing a lot of interest” in the Overwatch team. 

The ESports community seems to be very supportive of their teammates and loves to include everyone. It can also help students to find some new friends around the school that have the same interests as them.

All in all, the team is a great extracurricular activity for kids who are interested in video games and finding new friends.

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Tim Schugsta, Sports Editor
I am the sports editor for The Chronicle and cover the sports at Springfield.  Some of my hobbies include playing soccer and hanging out with my friends. I am part of the class of 2024.
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