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District 833 Robotics Teams successful at Regional Tournament, ERHS takes home top prize

Robotics teams from East Ridge, Woodbury and Park high schools recently competed in the North Star Regional Tournament at the Mariucci Arena on April 7-8 as the culmination of a successful regular season. At the tournament, Woodbury was eliminated in the quarterfinals, Park in the semifinals and while East Ridge lost one match in qualifications, they went undefeated in the playoffs, ultimately winning the competition. 

Out of the 2,000 students that attended, two were selected as Dean’s List Finalists, a very prestigious award in FIRST Robotics. Both winners were from District 833; Abby Wamstad from Park High School and Kate Sawyer from East Ridge.  

Prior to the North Star Regional Tournament, all three teams competed in various tournaments throughout the school year. A few notable competitions include the following:

The Woodbury High School Robotics Team (Royal T-Wrecks) competed in the Iowa Regional Competition March 23-25 in Cedar Falls with their robot Hobbes. The team made it to the Quarterfinals with a qualifying record of 6-3-0. Twenty-seven students and nine mentors made the trip to Iowa. The team had a great time showing spirit and creativity with their “BALLZ” cheer.

The Park High School Robotics Team (Data Bits) competed in the Northern Lights regional in Duluth the first weekend of March. The team did very well, placing third overall during the alliance selection. The team advanced to the Semifinals round where they lost in third match in the best out of three series to the eventual tournament champions. The Data Bits will also be competing at the MSHSL State Robotics Competition at Mariucci Arena on Saturday, May 20.

The East Ridge High School Robotics Team (ERRORS) competed in three regional tournaments this year with their robot FIERRBOX. They were in an alliance with teams from Hutchinson, MN and Hurley, WI to win the Northern Lights Regional Tournament in Duluth on March 3-4. The team also competed in the Milwaukee tournament March 23-24. They were on the first seeded alliance, but lost in the semifinals of this tournament. The win in Duluth will allow them to compete at the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis from April 26-29, and in the MN State Championship on May 20. 

Congratulations to District 833’s robotics teams!