Robotics team competes at Williams Arena

Row 1: James Riley, Richie Underhill, Caylee Klug, Tyler Wright, Ian Scheele, Garrett Anderson, Jake Skordahl, Nathan Korkowski. Row 2: mentor Becky Leuer, Mento Jenel Korkowski, Mentor Barb Cummings, Colby Weber, Donny Kapaun, Max Adams, Adam Shoberg, Jacob Ohmann, Tyler Klug, Connor Mattson. Row 3: Mentor Dan Weber, Micheal Pruitt, Mentor Ken Cummings, Logan Clemens, Dru Ellering, Eli Dupslaff, Conner Casey, Joey Stariha, Mentor Tomy Cummings, Emma Schilgen, Mentor Bill Schilgen, Mentor Clint Dupslaff. Missing: Austin Meath, Brandon Williams, Bradey Swanson, and Zane Brophy. Photo supplied
Row 1: James Riley, Richie Underhill, Caylee Klug, Tyler Wright, Ian Scheele, Garrett Anderson, Jake Skordahl, Nathan Korkowski. Row 2: mentor Becky Leuer, Mento Jenel Korkowski, Mentor Barb Cummings, Colby Weber, Donny Kapaun, Max Adams, Adam Shoberg, Jacob Ohmann, Tyler Klug, Connor Mattson. Row 3: Mentor Dan Weber, Micheal Pruitt, Mentor Ken Cummings, Logan Clemens, Dru Ellering, Eli Dupslaff, Conner Casey, Joey Stariha, Mentor Tomy Cummings, Emma Schilgen, Mentor Bill Schilgen, Mentor Clint Dupslaff. Missing: Austin Meath, Brandon Williams, Bradey Swanson, and Zane Brophy.
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FIRST Robotics Team 3038, representing North Branch and Chisago Lakes, competed in the 10,000 Lakes Regional at Williams Arena April 6 to 8. There were 63 teams in the competition, and each team had eight qualification matches on Friday and Saturday, with the championship rounds on Saturday afternoon. Team 3038 got off to a rocky start dropping their first three matches before scoring a win 231-210.
“The kids built their robot to climb, place gears, and play defense,” team leader Becky Leuer said. “It was the correct strategy, but climbing proved to be a challenge. The team kept problem solving, changing out parts, and in the end were successful as they won 4 of their last 5 matches.”
Team 3038 finished 4-4 and in 30th position. Senior Emma Schilgen commented that they were proud of how they kept working together and never gave up believing that they could get the climber to be consistent.
“We did it, and I am so proud to be part of this team,” she said. “It was hard work, but it paid off in the end.”
The NB-CL Robotics Team is in its ninth season. Leuer commented that the partnership between the two schools is very positive as the kids get along, work hard together and are very respectful. “We want to thank both schools for their support — we have a team that both the school and communities can be proud of,” she said. Team 3038 is self-funded and received a grant from St. Jude Medical Foundation to support the team. Abbott recently bought SJM and the team is looking forward to working with them in the future.

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