Ready player one? Hillsboro High’s esports team kicks off practice Tuesday

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2019 6:23 am

Logan McAllister may be the first teacher in Hillsboro High School history to tell students to put away their homework and play their video games.

A second-year math teacher in Hillsboro, McAllister will lead the school’s first-ever esports practice Tuesday in preparation for the competitive gaming league’s debut this fall in North Dakota.

Hillsboro is one of 14 schools in the state expected to offer esports, which will arrive as a club activity but could be sponsored by the North Dakota High School Activities Association as soon as 2020-21.

The introduction of the fledging sport hasn’t come without its share of unknowns.

Even with the team’s first practice four days away, details such as a schedule outlining when Hillsboro will battle other schools for cyber superiority still haven’t been hammered out.

“Right now, it’s a learning process. I’m still taking it all in,” McAllister said Monday morning. 

“This is the first year of esports here, so by next year things will be better.” 

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