The Spring Valley High School esports team ended the regular season ranked No. 13th in Eastern North America. They were the highest ranked team in West Virginia.
During the regular season the esports team played local schools like Cabell County Career and Technology Center as well as institutions from as far away as New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Canada.
After defeating Jellico High School in Tennessee in their final match of the regular season they moved up #13 and earned a spot in the North American playoffs through the North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF).
The team was preparing to compete in the SkillsUSA state tournament when it was postponed indefinitely the day before the team left for Clarksburg. The NASEF North American playoffs was indefinitely postponed the following day. Schools were closed the following week due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
To be successful in esports, teams employ a wide variety of skills including communication, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and teamwork. Just like a regular athletics team, they practice elements of the gameplay to hone their skills, run drills, wear jerseys, engage in physical exercise, and encourage healthy life habits to stay in peak form for the competitions.
Last year Spring Valley esports finished second in the state.
Esports in WV high schools is sponsored by the WVDE office of Career and Technical Education (CTE).