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VHSL Esports Championship Coming to SU

12 December 2019 Winchester Frederick County News Sports

December 12, 2019

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University will play host to the first Virginia High School League Esports championship  on Jan. 18 in the James R. Wilkins Athletic & Events Center.

32 high school teams will compete in online esports playoffs in early January. The teams will face off in either Rocket League or League of Legends, and following the first few rounds of the playoffs, 8 teams will advance to SU for the Rocket League quarterfinals and 4 teams will head to the college for the League of Legends semifinals.

“Students are getting a wonderful opportunity to showcase their skills in front of a live audience while experiencing an esports competition in person, “Director of ESports Dr. Joey Gawrysiak said in a press release. “We are excited to be hosting this great event and seeing some of the best high school esports students in the state compete.”

Gawrysiak also explained that the championship is a great opportunity for the school and the city of Winchester to continue to grow interest in esports in the area. VHSL introduced their esports pilot program this fall. 37 schools decided to participate in the program. Darrell Wilson, assistant director for activities at VHSL, said that the League has received a large amount of positive feedback from schools that are participating.

“Having Shenandoah University step up to support the VHSL and the esports community by hosting a culminating event like this will further help us get a glimpse into what this program could potentially become and whether the league decides to continue offering esports as a sanctioned academic activity for member schools,” Wilson said in a press release.

Rocket League quarterfinals will begin at noon, followed by the semifinals at 1 pm and the finals at 4 pm. League of Legends competition will start at 10 am, and the finals are set to begin at 2 pm. Each event will be on a large video screen and four 70 inch monitors in the Wilkins Athletic & Events Center. Attendance is free and is open to the public or the entire event can be viewed online at the Shenandoah Esports Twitch channel.


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