That is part of the reason why seeing the season come to a halt due to the coronavirus has been so hard for Kyhl. “I’ve had a couple kids reach out and say ‘if we didn’t have esports going right now it’d be really hard,’” says Kyhl.

Unlike other sports the esports club has been able to keep up practices through Discord, a voice and chat app many gamers use when playing computer video games.

Osage’s esports club has been able to have matches despite the coronavirus. They had a match against St. Ansgar last week. They won 2-0.

Osage Esports team

Members of Osage High School’s first competing Esports team. (back row, from left) Darius Arickx, Sam Huebsch, Elijah Bluhm. (front row) Chase Halbach, Jarrett Huebsch, Andrew Thyer and Wyatt Grady.

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it’s pretty much the same, you just don’t have that one on one,” says junior Andrew Thyer about the difference between practicing at school versus practicing at home during COVID-19. “Like you can’t look to your right and talk to your teammate about what went wrong or stuff like that. It’s a little bit harder to communicate sometimes, but it’s still possible.”

There was a bigger tournament scheduled for March 28. The League of Legends Invitational Tournament was going to be co-hosted by Osage and St. Ansgar, but it has since been postponed.

Thyer says the one good thing about the coronavirus canceling every other event and school is that he has more time to practice Overwatch.

“When everything was still going we had school and basketball and baseball and variety show,” says Thyer. “We had all this stuff, so it’s hard to practice. But now we have time because all that’s canceled. So it’s a lot easier now.”

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