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The Reflection

An Overview of Gull Lake’s eSports Team

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A photo of Isaac Cochran, captain of the Super Smash Bros. team. Photo courtesy of Isaac Cochran.

A photo of Brayden Coyer, captain of the Rainbow Six Siege team.

Gull Lake High School’s eSport has taken off, at a rate much more rapid than founder Stephen Linn ever imagined.

“At first, I  did not expect the club to be as popular as it is, and didn’t think so many would join so quickly,” Linn said.

Linn said that the number of students participating started at thirty and “has risen with every meeting.” “I believed it would be a slower growing sport at the school than this, but the rate at which the club and the popularity of it caught me off guard,” Linn said.

The club has teams for all of the following games:

  • League of Legends
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Fortnite
  • Overwatch
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Rocket League

The most popular game amongst members is a tie between League of Legends and Rainbow Six Siege, both with nine players each, putting them at a tie in numbers. These two games are the only ones for which the club is ready to enter tournaments, with the League of Legends team being prepared to join the Winter Open, a time during winter in which the High School eSport League allows for high school level teams to have open competitions, with many college recruiters watching over the players.

Those recruiters can offer players many scholarship opportunities for being good in terms of performances and sportsmanship. There is also a tournament for the Winter Open, which is a massive tournaments that occurs during the winter, in which teams may compete to earn a cash reward, depending on placement and number of competitors.

To help promote the club, Linn has had a website made in which visitors may find things like schedules, meeting dates, and of course an explanation as to what eSports are. They also have hung posters around the school building, telling when and where the meetings will take place, as well a list of just a few of the games offered.

They got most of their members, however, by simple word of mouth.

“The funding of the club is coming from a grant that we wrote. It is still being processed, so it will be some time before the funding actually appears,” Linn said.

Practicing in the team is up to the team captains, who decide whether they practice at school or at home.

The captains of each team are as follows:

  • League of Legends is lead by Junior Corey Snow
  • Rainbow Six Siege has Brayden Coyer as the captain
  • Senior Reagan Jones for Super Smash Bros.
  • Junior John Marshawn for the Overwatch team.
  • All of the other games either don’t have enough players, haven’t yet voted, or have no captain.

“I was inspired to make the club by Western Michigan University making their own eSports team,” Linn said, “which they have even built an auditorium for, and also the fact that most major colleges are offering scholarships for skilled players to play for their respective teams.”

Linn himself is a junior, and says that the most popular grade level in the club is a tie between juniors and sophomores, with only a few freshmen in the club and a decent amount of seniors.

Linn is currently not a part of any of the teams himself, but also says that the Rainbow Six Siege team has requested him to join them as they need one more player to play.

“If I do play for them, I will main either Jackal or Sophia for Attack and Calvary or Valkyrie for Defense,” Linn said.

The team has been approved for their own WiFi network by the school so that players can practice at the school during meetings. In order to stop the password from becoming widespread to all students, as well as members playing during school time. The club plans to have members need to have Brad Lange, the advisor of the club, physically sign them in so that they can be monitored while online.


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