EXETER — The competition inside the sprawling Rinks at Exeter complex on a recent muggy Friday night was almost as steamy as it was outside as players of all ages were locked in on the task at hand, their eyes firmly on the prize.
There were no skates in sight, however, and the only sticks to be found pivoted on a base in all directions.
The bustling Helix eSports Academy, which is located in the entrance of the twin rinks in Exeter, is set to get even busier this fall as it will host a new high school eSports league for players from three local high schools. Emerging from a sea of technicolor monitors and state-of-the-art equipment, Helix eSports Academy coach Jesse Clardy, 26, says he is eager to bring some of the high school rivalries he enjoyed as a football player at Winnacunnet to the eSports arena.
Exeter, Portsmouth and St. Thomas Aquinas high schools are in the league
“It’s a lot more fun to say ‘Winnacunnet vs. Exeter’ than it is to write ‘Exeter vs. X,Y, and Z School from South Dakota on the whiteboard,’” Clardy offered