What started as a dream for a group of students at St. Louis Catholic High School has become a reality with the Winter 2020 launch of the ESports Club, sponsored by Library Media Specialist Melanie LeJeune.

Now with close to 40 club members total, the Saints are fielding a talented team at the 8-week Louisiana High School Varsity Overwatch tournament by Scion Esports at Lake Charles Boston.  Six middle school and 10 high schools are competing, and St. Louis Catholic won its first match, 2-0 against Grand Lake on Feb. 6.  Many St. Louis students came to support the Esports club in their quest for victory!

Round 2 starts Thursday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. against Barbe.  Click here to watch live and follow live results.

Saints ESports captain Andrew Landry said the key to success at Overwatch is communication with their shot-caller, senior J-Allen Manuel.

“If you don’t have communication, you cannot play the game,” Landry said.  “If one person falls off, the whole team loses.  Every person has to be at their top peak.  That’s why we have our shot-caller (J-Allen).  Without a dedicated shot-caller, it’s kind of a mess.”

Junior Christian Wise, whose twin brother William is also active in ESports, said he’s excited to be a part of a new tradition at St. Louis Catholic.

“It’s about leadership,” said Christian Wise.  “It brings a whole lot more fun in a more relatable way.  Not all of us play sports, but we all play video games, so we can find some way to be competitive in that form.  We’re paving the way and starting something that can carry on for generations to come.”

Landry, a junior, said his motivation for starting the club this year was about planning for the future – for college scholarship opportunities.  In fact, ESports members have utilized the expertise of St. Louis Catholic graduates Adam Kimball ’16, an ESports team member at LSU, and his brother Andrew, to earn tips for improvement individually and as a team.

“Being on this team really increases our chance of finding scholarships,” Landry said.  “It gets us an early start into the realm of competitive gaming.  And there’s a lot of colleges in Louisiana that offer it, like UL-Lafayette and LSU.”

LeJeune said she’s been touched by how supportive the local community has been of ESports development.

“Lake Charles Toyota/the Tarver Brothers are running the Scion Esports League that we’re doing, and they have made a practice site at Lake Charles Toyota for non-CPSB schools,” LeJeune said.  “So we, Hamilton Christian and Grand Lake are able to use their facility with their equipment, which is really nice.”

Clearly, Esports is more than just video games.  And it’s just getting started at St. Louis Catholic.