Chisago Lakes-North Branch FIRST Team 3038 competed in the 10,000 Lakes Regional at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota March 28. The team spent Thursday passing inspection and practicing on the field. A successful day on Thursday had the team feeling optimistic for the start on competition on Friday, and they were not disappointed.
Team 3038 finished competition on Friday with a 6-1 record and in 5th place out of 63 teams. Teams are randomly drawn and partnered with two other robots for a 3-on-3 competition. Match scores for Friday were:
“Our robot performed as expected and it was very nice to see the hard work during the build season transfer to success on the field,” team leader Becky Leuer said. “We had never been in this position after the first day, so it was very exciting.”
The team had three qualifying matches on Saturday morning, winning by scores of 104-53, 60-28 and 108-107, finishing with a record of 9-1 and in third place overall. Because they finished in the top eight, the team was an Alliance Captain for the third- seeded team in the championship round. This is the first time in the team’s six-year history they placed this high and got to select two other robots to join them in the championship playoff Saturday afternoon.
After selecting the robots from Eden Prairie and Tartan High Schools, the third-seeded alliance played the sixth-seeded alliance with teams from Stillwater, West Salem (Wisconsin), and St. Cloud. Team 3038 advanced to the semi-finals, winning the two out of three series in convincing fashion with scores of 208-30 and 211-73. In the semi-finals, they bowed to the second- seed alliance and eventual champions with robots from Irondale, Alexandria, and Fridley. Scores for the match were 133-53 and 94-71. “Their strategy and defense were just too much to overcome,” team driver Newell Fisk, NB, said. Fisk was captain of the drive team and was joined by team members Justin Bastyr (CL) and Emma Schildgen (CL). Fisk added that the scout team of Nick Rockenback (CL), Noah Froberg (CL), Jake Schwelling (CL) and Dominic Hufford (NB) did a great job throughout the tournament of preparing the team for each round of competition.
Leuer commented that is was the best overall performance for the team in its six-year history when both the qualifying rounds and the playoffs are factored in.
The 10,000 Lakes Regional is about more than the robot, however, as the team also competed for the Chairmans Award, presented by team members Paul Willard (NB), James Riley (NB), and Colt Seldon (NB). Another aspect of the competition is promoting of safety throughout the three days and keeping the pit area clean and safe. Austin Meath (NB), Tyler Klug (NB), and John Rainer (NB) capably handled this.
Team 3038 now is playing the waiting game to find out if their performance was good enough to qualify for the Minnesota State High School League Championships in May. Those teams will be announced sometime in the next two weeks.