State Competition – Submitted By: Piper Sondreal
Our busy day started bright and early arriving at the William’s Arena at 7:00am to register our volunteers and get in some more robot work before Qualification matches started. At the opening ceremony, a tribute was given to team 1816 “The Green Machine” to honor their new induction into the FIRST Hall of Fame after winning the Chairman’s Award at Champs. This included a recap of their season, a video tribute to their team (including memories from the start of their team to present day), custom 1816 Hall of Fame buttons, and speeches from the Edina Mayor, James Hovland, and the MSHSL Director Amy Doherty. Qualification matches were in full swing after opening ceremonies, and the competition was fierce. We had some tough matches, but ended up ranked first going into alliance selections with a record of 6-2. The number one ranked alliance was complete with the addition of teams 2052 “KnightKrawler” and 3630 “Stampede”. We went into semi-finals facing off against the fourth ranked alliance (4009, 5991, and 2175) losing the first match (79-80) and winning the second match (94-80). That tie sent us into a tie breaker match in which, sadly, we lost with a score of 82-87. The competition wasn’t over for us though; we still had to compete for 3rd place. That match was against the third ranked alliance (1816, 4607, 7028) and we came out on top in a winner-takes-all match with a score of 89-50. Though we didn’t come out on top, our very good robotics friends team 3750 from Badger (go Gator Nation!!), 2883 from Warroad, and 4539 from Frazee ended up becoming the new Minnesota State Robotics Champions and our very own superintendent, Tom Jerome, was there to present their medals. After tearing down the field and cleaning the arena, we met up with our #bff team 1816 to have supper at Fuddruckers. We visited and shared memories from our crazy exciting seasons and ended our day on a high note with new memories with friends.