David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy’s Esports Club made the semi-final round in the national High School Esports League tournament.
The team, led by senior Aaron Auter and fellow students Jordan Desormeaux, Ross Richeaux, Torian Sam and Conner McGuire, has been playing the game Rainbow Six in the league for the past several months against teams in their time zone, explains sponsor Nathan Champagne.
They went into the tournament undefeated, playing against 15 other top teams from across the country. Last night, they lost in the single elimination semi-final game, to a team from St. Amant, Champagne said. They play again tonight, to determine which of the two eliminated teams will place third and forth. The team had payed St. Amant once before, but the game ended in a tie, he said.
“The club is made up of about 60 students, and they all play different games, some team, some solo,” Champagne explained. “They play teams throughout their time zone.”
The top teams then went on to the national tournament. Some games had 50 teams competing, some smaller numbers, he said. If a team made it into the top five in their time zone, they moved on to the playoffs, he said. In all, only 16 teams made the play-offs, and two were from Thibodaux.
Thibodaux is Lafayette Parish’s STEM academy.