Viewpoint Robotics Continues Its Success in Weekend Tournaments

by Lance Argano-Rush, Robotics Coach and Upper School Science Teacher

On Saturday, October 27, Patriot Robotics had its second tournament of the VEX Robotics season.  The team split up and traveled to two simultaneous tournaments held at Chaminade High School and in Ventura County at the district office of education.  It was an interesting day, as our teams were taking care of their own issues while keeping tabs on what was going on with the event across town.  Thankfully, technology made it easy to support each other from afar.
Team 1437z competed in Ventura and, after a morning of technical issues, they found themselves lower than expected at lunch with three matches left in the afternoon.  Two of the matches were against the #1 ranked robot.  With resilience, Team 1437z dealt the number #1 ranked robots their first and second loss of the day, boosting their standings to third by the end of qualifying play.  In the elimination rounds, 1437z  worked their way from the third seeded positon to end up in the finals.  After a hard match, Team 1437z came out on top to win the event and earn the Design Award.
Across town in West Hills, three Viewpoint teams competed in the Chaminade Showdown.  All three teams were ranked high enough to make the bracketing play, with standouts 1437v as the only undefeated team in qualifying play.  The two other teams, 1437x and 1437y, were knocked out in the quarter and semifinal matches, but 1437v continued their unbeaten streak, winning out the day to become tournament champions and win the Amaze Award.
It was another successful day for Patriot Robotics, continuing their success that started at home with Clash in the Canyon.  The team is continuing to iterate designs for our next competition at Reseda High School in two weeks.
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