The cream is rising.
It's Week 8 and it's a big one.
The city's Top 20 will do battle this week as it's time to put up or shut up.
Is Dobie for real? The 'Horns will face No. 4 Atascocita, while bragging rights are up for grabs in Fort Bend with No. 9 Ridge Point facing No. 10 Travis. In Class 5A, No. 1 Shadow Creek plays a tough No. 5 Friendswood.
Clear Springs goes for their district title against No. 5 Dickinson. The Chargers have owned District 24-5A. In District 23-6A, Dawson and George Ranch are undefeated in conference play going into Week 8.
Let's see how this plays out. For now, here are the rankings.
THE GALLERY by Andy Tolbert
Dickinson vs Clear Falls
VYPE's CLASS 6A TOP 20
1. Katy Tigers
2. North Shore Mustangs
3. Cy-Fair Bobcats
4. Atascocita Eagles
5. Dickinson Gators
6. Westfield Mustangs
7. Klein Oak Panthers
8. Tompkins Falcons
9. Ridge Point Panthers
10. Travis Tigers
11. Dawson Eagles
12. Dobie Longhorns
13. Klein Collins Tigers
14. Cy Woods Wildcats
15. Pearland Oilers
16. Conroe Tigers
17. Cy Falls Eagles
18. Cypress Ranch Mustangs
19. Katy Taylor Mustangs
20. Tomball Memorial Wildcats
VYPE's CLASS 5A Top 10
1. Shadow Creek Sharks
2. Manvel Mavericks
3. New Caney Eagles
4. FB Marshall Buffs
5. Friendswood Mustangs
6. Hightower Hurricanes
7. Paetow Panthers
8. Porter Spartans
9. Lamar Consolidated
10. Foster Falcons
ATASCOCITA – The trickle-down effect of the international growth of esports is starting to head into the high school level.
At Atascocita High School, the eSports team is heading into its second season of playing in the High School esports League and first in the North America Scholastic Esports Federation, which its fall season begins this week.
Last year, the Atascocita esports team had seven members – this fall the group has grown to 65, including having to build out varsity and junior varsity teams.
"Not that much, I was hoping to get 20," Atascocita esports sponsor Ann Wehrman said.
Before the competitive team was started last year, there were just gaming clubs, which isn't what Atascocita senior Roel Barron wanted to be a part of.
Barron wanted to compete.
"This year has been really good," Barron said. "We've gotten a lot of teams together, especially our Overwatch and Siege teams. It's been good."
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— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) October 2, 2019
Just like the football team at Atascocita High School, the esports team plays by the same rules. The players must be academically eligible, can't have any behavior issues and be a full-time enrolled student.
This approach is preparing for the future – when, not if, UIL could add esports as a statewide competition.
"When it gets to UIL it'll be better to just seamlessly roll over," Atascocita esports sponsor Jeff Mack said.
Atascocita is the only Humble ISD school currently in the High School esports League. But not the only one in Houston.
According to a map on the HSEL website, there are 34 high schools that compete in the Greater Houston area, including The Woodlands, Klein Forest, Klein Collins, Willis, Cypress Woods and Seven Lakes.
The growth of the league is coming in Humble ISD.
"I think Humble ISD is going all in," Wehrman said. "We are going to try and get that going in all the high schools. Some barriers are technology and time – I would like for it to be a class period."
What's the popularity of esports?
In 2017, 27 million people watched the League of Legends Championship. According to a presentation, that was more than Game 7 of the World Series (23.5 million) and the final game of the NBA Finals (18 million) that year.
According to the Atascocita esports website, the team plays Overwatch, Rocket League, Fortnite, CS-GO, Call of Duty, PubG and Rainbow 6 on PC. On console, they play Rainbow 6, Destiny 2, Fortnite, Smash and Overwatch.
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