esports team

ORD, Neb. - The Ord High School (OHS) esports team recently finished 4th at the
state competition held at York University.
OHS began offering esports in the fall of 2021 and is coached by Mr. Jesse Rosberg.
It is a competitive gaming league, where schools compete against each other in a
variety of video games. OHS first started an esports club to gauge interest from
students before attending competitions. “Throughout the club meetings, we definitely
realized the benefits,” said OHS Principal, Aaron Snyder. “We were providing a
program for students beyond athletics and it made a difference.” The program was
clearly beneficial so the team started entering competitions. “I enjoy esports because
of its friendly competitive energy,” said OHS senior, Sam Burkholder. “Everyone there
wants to win, but there is a chill and fun atmosphere at every competition that a lot of
activities don't have.”
Although different games are offered, OHS currently participates in Rocket League,
Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros. Rocket League and Super Smash Bros 1vs1
happen during the fall season, Mario Kart occurs during the winter season, while
Super Smash Bros 2 vs 2 happens in the spring season. Since beginning
competitions, OHS has already qualified for state in Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros
1v1 and 2v2. “I have really enjoyed eSports and I have made a lot of great friends and
connections through it,” said OHS senior, Tayton Dunbar. “I love being able to come
into practice and just have fun. Yes we are practicing and it needs to be serious but
the ability to have light-hearted conversations just puts the icing on the cake. Coach
Rosberg has been such an amazing coach and has taught me a great deal about
leadership, trust, how to work with younger people, and just how to be a good sport. It
has been such an honor to be part of this team and I don't think I could ask to be on it with anyone else, I am really going to miss being a part of this.”

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Photo: (l-r) Jericho Smith, Tayton Dunbar, Sam Burkholder and Dylan Rogers