eSports team headed to playoffs after an anticlimactic finish in week 8

Deer Valley High School forfeits the anticipated match up, but the win improves Colton’s ranking in the PlayVS league ensuring a guaranteed playoff spot in the upcoming playoffs


Noah Limon

The eSports team won via forfeit, but it gave them the opportunity to promote the upcoming Contest of Champions tournament that will take place after Thanksgiving break.

Colton, CA—Yesterday’s week 8 match in the PlayVS league ended on an anticlimatic note as the Yellowjackets eSports team defeated Deer Valley High School by forfeit. The victory improved their overall ranking to 32nd in the league with a record of 4-3, which qualifies them for the 64-team playoffs.

The match was forfeited due to technical issues on the part of Deer Valley. They notified Colton’s head coach well after the 4 p.m. start time that they were experiencing issues and may not be able to play. They were ready by 5 p.m., but the later start time created problems for Colton players, which required the forfeit.

The team was looking forward to this match. Before starting, Benjamin Velarde called his “sensei” Daniel Miranda, a former CHS student, for any last minute tips.

“We were slightly disappointed,” said Alexandra Buskirk, eSports head coach. “We wanted to win, but not that way.”

The team was extremely disappointed and left with a sour taste about the way the regular season ended. However, the playoffs await, starting November 28. The official announcement and seedings will be announced by November 21.



The CHS Gaming Club is hosting “The Contest of Champions” to discover players to join the eSports team. The top 6 players in a “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate” tournament will be selected to be part of the next eSports season. This tournament will be held after school in room 503 from 3:50-5:00 on November 29, December 1, and December 5. Sign-ups are available by going to this link.