Varsity Rocket League takes Second Place in State
Whitfield's varsity Rocket League esports team finished in 2nd place in the small school division in the MOSEF Rocket League Fall Finals on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. The team was undefeated in their inaugural season.
Esports are new to Whitfield School having started in the Spring of 2022. As a school with roots in the progressive education movement, it is critical that the school continues to look at opportunities outside of their walls and implement them as appropriate. Esports began to gain momentum in St. Louis with a number of area universities offering competitive scholarships to e-sport athletes. In addition to their success at state, Whitfield had its first esport athletic signing last spring. David Dressel ‘22 was recruited by St. Lawrence University to play for their budding esport team.
Dr. Haynes, one of Whitfield’s esport coaches, got involved as he is a self-described “video game junkie”, but also because of the multitude of new scholarship opportunities it brings to the students. Having a successful esport team requires the players to think critically and devise strategies. It also requires teamwork, the ability to accept and apply feedback, and a commitment to practicing both at home and during club meetings. Whitfield currently offers esports at varsity and middle school levels with a variety of games represented.
Congratulations to Whitfield’s Rocket League team on your incredible success this season!