Ashland has joined the ranks of schools with varsity esports teams, competing against other schools across the central time zone. (Contributed photo)

In a large room filled with humming computers, glowing flatscreens and flashing, LED-lighted gaming mice, Ashland students are in training.

Some are joining with teammates to wage war against a similar team half a country away, seeking to seize their base camp while defending the Oredocker camp. Others are passing, blocking and scording in a weird cyber-world mesh of soccer and high-speed acrobatics.

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