With the end of 2021 also came the end of the Avonworth Rocket League team’s inaugural competition. In their first-ever competition, they entered the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association’s (PIEA) winter rocket league tournament and ended up making it all the way to the in-person semifinals at Harrisburg University. A significant achievement in its own right, this also comes on the heels of a successful season for the Overwatch team last year, with them also making it to the playoffs of the PIEA tournament despite falling just short of the in-person round. While the Overwatch team was unable to compete in the PIEA’s winter season due to scheduling conflicts with football, there are high hopes for the upcoming Spring season for both teams.
Pictured above is the Avonworth Rocket league team, which found significant success this winter and are hoping to carry their momentum into the spring season. For those who are unaware, rocket league is a 3 vs. 3 car soccer game in which the player controls a car and attempts to hit a ball into the goal.
While it only started last year, the AHS Esports teams are cementing themselves as a successful activity for our school. Both teams are led by Mrs. Shumaker, who has been able to find several various leagues for the teams to compete in and add more tournaments to their growing resume. Most matches are streamed at twitch.tv/avonworthesports so if you feel like you may be interested in watching either the Rocket League or Overwatch team compete feel free to follow this account and stay tuned for matches.
Taken during the 2020-2021 school year, the above picture shows all six members of the Avonworth overwatch team. From left to right and front to back: Jon Belloti, Ezra Tomko, Clayton Dexter, Tyler Schleis, Hunter Brace, and Jeremy Fresh.
Esports has been a surprising and successful venture for Avonworth over the past year, and 2022 could be even better.