Francis Howell Central clenches Missouri state eSports championship

Posted on 01/20/2021
FHC named eSports State Champs


Francis Howell Central captured the inaugural Missouri Scholastic Esports Federation Overwatch (MOSEF) state championship with a 3-2 victory against Christian Brothers College High School (CBC) on Thursday, Jan. 14.

“Winning the state championship in the inaugural year of the tournament is amazing,” said Kris Miller, FHC eSports sponsor. “We have been around and competing in this game for two years already and have improved each year. This accomplishment reflects how all of that dedication and hard work has paid off for the team.”

eSports is competitive video game playing. Many games qualify as an eSport, and each game and has its own format and team structure.

This championship marked MOSEF’s season-end for both Overwatch and Rocket League. FHC won Overwatch, which is a game that puts two teams of 6 players  against each other to complete objectives. FHC players included Cooper Raubach (captain), Ethan Mitchell (captain), Ethan Montgomery, Alex Keagy, Josh Green and Zach Buchholz. Subs were Gideon Masters and Caelen Hellmann.

FHC also has teams for other games including Smash Bros: Ultimate, League of Legends, Rainbow 6 and Valorant.

eSports has grown in popularity during the pandemic. MOSEF went from nine high schools in 2019 to now 49, with nearly 80 schools expected to compete next year.

Despite the increased competition in eSports, FHC’s hard work helped the team pull off the win.

“We’ve been practicing so much for the state championship,” junior Josh Green told STLtoday.com.

“There was a lot of tough competition in the state and we were fortunate to pull it off,” said Miller. “Now we are turning our attention to a national competition next month which will be the end of the season for this particular game.”

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