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Stratford E-Sports provides unique experience to students

Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 04/14/2021 9:34PM, Last Updated 04/14/2021 10:34PM
Stratford - E-Sports is not the first thing that comes to mind with high school athletics.

"When I was in high school, we would've never even thought about it," said coach Scott Bauman.

But now, competitive E-Sports is a growing industry and schools all over the state compete in different games throughout the year.

"There's an 8 week season that we play, the varsity is one night a week, the JV is one night a week," explained Bauman. "Then there's two weeks of playoffs and a state competition as well."

With the future of E-Sports looking bright, some kids are taking their skills to the next level.

"I'm going to NTC to play on their varsity Rocket League team, so hopefully we can go pretty far there," said senior Alex Krueger.

"My plan is to actually play basketball at college at UWSP Marshfield," said senior Jake Skroch. "They might have a club, which would be really cool and I'd definitely do that."

For some kids, competitive E-Sports provides a new way to unwind.

"The school day is sometimes long and you can come by and play with your buddies and take some stress off," said Jeff Redman. "It's just for the fun."

Stratford currently sits at the top of their conference with playoffs set to start on April 27.
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