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Monday, May 19, 2014

MSHSL Robotics Tournament

FRC Team 3313 Mechatronics competed at the MSHSL Robotics Tournament this past weekend at Williams Arena. The tournament was a fun end to an absolutely incredible year for our team and community. We did not win the tournament but did put up a good showing and ended up in 4th place.

The team headed down to the Twin Cities on Friday night. The Athletic Department at Jefferson High School has always been supportive of our team when we need it. Because this is a MSHSL run event, the AD pays for our trip which is awesome! We took a school bus and trailer down. We only had 12 people on the bus! The team unloaded the pit and robot. The inspection went great.

The hotel was great! We stayed in suites with big beds and couches. Everyone ate dinner at Noodles and Company. We spent the evening resting up for the competition. 9 qualifying matches in only 6 hours is crazy!

We finished qualifying with a 5-4 record and in 12th place. Bryce and Brooklyn did an AWESOME job driving the robot, trussing/scoring the ball, and playing defense. Our most memorable match was when we were partnered with 2512 and 2175. We scored 256 points! WOW! We had some bad luck in other matches which is ok. The competition was super intense.

Heading into Alliance Selection, we didn't really know what was going to happen. We hadn't really talked to other teams so we didn't know what was going to happen. Luckily, 4009 from Duluth picked us! We also partnered up with 2512 from Duluth. Our alliance put up a good fight. Unfortunately, we were not victorious. We finished the tournament in 4th place.

HUGE SHOUTOUT to the seniors who attended the tournament. Bryce Klang, Lacey Werman, Kacy McCormick, Molly Schouweiler, and Jade Blaydes. This was their last tournament as student team members. It's all a little bittersweet... We love our seniors and will sorely miss them. Luckily, many of them are not traveling that far.

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