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eSports teams compete from home

eSports coach Jake Utities points during the eSports meeting for the spring season March 5. Utities is a tournament organizer for Minnesota Varsity League's State championship, which moved online for League of Legends and Overwatch because of COVID-19.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

March 17, 2020

With two substitutes filling in for absent players, senior Joseph Lindstrom said he was satisfied with the team's play at the online-championship that resulted in a loss against Wayzata in the inaugural season of Minnesota Varsity League. “It was just difficult because we had two people that were sub...

eSports holds meeting in preparation for spring season

Junior Angel Diaz smiles during the eSports meeting March 5. According to coach Jake Utities, the meeting was in preparation for the eSports spring season.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

March 9, 2020

Just like in athletic sports, eSports coach Jake Utities said the tenets of collaboration, perseverance and friendship are also key to eSports.  “This program gives an opportunity for those that are typically not celebrated at the school to have that opportunity, to give them that ability to b...

eSports adviser helps create Minnesota league

Senior Michael Ramirez works with eSports team to plan strategies for their next game. eSports has its next meeting Dec. 12 to prepare for upcoming tournaments.

Kate Schneider

December 9, 2019

eSports adviser Jacob Utities said he’s feeling very confident so far this year because of the opportunities given to new players and how eSports is continuing to grow in numbers. “I’m really looking forward to a lot more opportunities for both my teams and all the high schools in the area t...

Former teacher returns as eSports adviser

Senior Joseph Lindstrom and sophomore Cole Blavat play a video game on the Nintendo Switch before the Esports meeting. The meeting was hosted to get the team members registered Sep. 12.

Zuhayb Yassin

October 22, 2019

Jacob Utities, a teacher that used to work at Park said there’s no difference between being a teacher and eSports adviser because he is still  mentoring students. “It gives me more time to help kids do what they love, and that is video games. [As well as] getting them to the next level by do...

eSports virtual game makes real world cash

Senior Thomas Pelowitz practices his skills during eSports practice Feb. 28.

Tennam Gyaldatsang

March 12, 2019

According to the coach of the eSports program Jacob Utites, eSports is involved in the college process.   “We have college recruiters coming in and offering scholarships to students for college,” Utites said. “We have also had some students win scholarships by playing in high school; Our ...

Participation in eSports grows

Sophomore Nick Perszyk works on his strategies for the eSports team during its meeting Nov.15.

Tennam Gyaldatsang

December 4, 2018

According to senior Jeremy Frham “Overwatch” requires quite a lot of skill in order to succeed at gameplay. “‘Overwatch’ is a team based strategy game,” Frham said. “It takes a lot of coordination and knowledge of the game to fully understand it.” Head coach of the Esports program...

eSports adviser prepares players for future

E-Sports coach Jacob Utities teaching his 5th hour class, A+ Computer Tech II, on Feb. 20. eSports will begin practice again in March.

Lukas Levin

February 20, 2018

According to coach Jacob Utities, Park’s eSports team will play online in Nationals in June after an undefeated season. However, Utities said he still struggles with managing and expanding team. “I can’t really devote much time to each team because there are nine teams, and I am one person,...

Meet the athlete: Graham Campbell

Meet the athlete: Graham Campbell

Maddie Lund

February 6, 2018

How did you get involved with eSports in the first place? And when did you get involved? “I play video games at home and I am in a class with Mr. Utites and he told (his students) about this idea of doing competitive video gaming for a certain game we play and I was like ‘yes.’ How has eSports...

eSports moves on to nationals

Junior Alessandro Giannetti and sophomore Joseph Lindstrom participate in eSports practice Nov. 9.

Lukas Levin and Isaac Wahl

December 20, 2017

As sophomore Joseph Lindstrom’s Overwatch team launched to victory, he said he felt proud of his achievement. “I’m just having a good time with my team and getting that feeling  we are united. (We are) good at the game, the team can play well, we feel that we matter, we’re at a high position.” ...

eSports team created

eSports team created

Jacob Stillman

November 16, 2017

When eSports team adviser Jacob Utities heard of other schools that were participating in competitive video gaming, he decided to bring it to Park. “I came up with it last year, I heard another school had a ‘League of Legends’ team, so then I was going to put it together and turns out there is...

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