Esports

Michigan has bragging rights when it comes to sports, and now, it appears the Mitten is also doing incredibly well on the Esports front. In fact, one Michigan team is getting close to a global title.

Northwood University’s Esports team entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed and finished in the top spot nationwide after winning the Collegiate Rocket League North American Championship.

“Winning the North American Championship means Northwood is the first university to qualify for the inaugural Collegiate Rocket League World Championship, which will be held in June of 2022,” Coach Cody Elsen said in a statement. “Northwood will face the best colleges across Europe and Asia.”

The team rounded out its regular season with a 13-2 record. In the playoffs, Northwood beat Valleyfield College, St. Clair College and Stockton University. Northwood then played in the North American Championship, defeating the University of Texas Arlington and Stockton University University, in addition to Columbia College 4-3 in the grand finals. “We won in an overtime thriller with LionBlaze (Hunter Woitas) scoring the winning goal,” Elsen stated.

Northwood won the Collegiate Valorant National Championship on April 4. “Northwood went 4-0 in group stages defeating Boise State University, Windsor University, University of Washington and Florida International University,” Elsen said. “In the playoffs (for this championship), Northwood defeated University of Ottawa, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Seneca College and James Madison University, in addition to a 2-0 win against Kennesaw State University in the grand finals after a quadruple overtime win in game 2.” Big congrats to this exceptional team!

15 Things to Do in Michigan in the Spring

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!