Robotics Team Wins Regional Championship, Advances to Super-Regionals

Posted February 15, 2016 / Last updated February 15, 2016

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Robotics Team members participating in the FTC Southeast Texas Regional Championship Tournament were (from left) coach Eric Leefe ’03, Luke Navarro, Julian Mahfouz, Hayes Martin,  James Bragg, coach Kyle White, Mikey Elvir, Todd Crabtree, and Emory Ducote.

Robotics Team members participating in the FTC Southeast Texas Regional Championship Tournament were (from left) coach Eric Leefe ’03, junior Luke Navarro, Julian Mahfouz, Hayes Martin, James Bragg, coach Kyle White, Mikey Elvir, Todd Crabtree, and Emory Ducote.

The Blue Jay Robotics Team 6448 won both the Inspire Award and the Winning Alliance Award at the Southeast Texas and Louisiana Regional Championship Tournament on Saturday Feb. 6 at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. Thirty-three teams who had previously qualified or advanced from their respective leagues in southeast Texas and southern Louisiana competed at the regional championship.

The Blue Jays once again came away with the prestigious Inspire Award.  This formally-judged award is given to the team that truly embodies the ‘challenge’ of the First Tech Challenge (FTC) program. The Inspire Award is the highest level of achievement at an FTC competition; recognizing excellence in performance, robot design and teamwork. With this award the Blue Jays advance to the Super-Regional Championship.

In match play the Blue Jay Robotics Team qualified for the elimination tournament after winning all five matches. The Jays then advanced through the bracket to take first place as part of the winning alliance. Overall, their record at the championship was 9-2-0. Earning the Winning Alliance Award would have qualified the robotics team for the Super-Regional Championship, had they not already previously advanced by winning the Inspire Award.

Robotics Team members participating in the regional championship were freshman James Bragg, junior Todd Crabtree, sophomore Emory Ducote, junior Mikey Elvir, junior Julian Mahfouz, pre-freshman Hayes Martin, and junior Luke Navarro. The team is moderated by Mr. Kyle White and Mr. Eric Leefe ’03.

Student coach Julian Mahfouz (back) looks on as drivers Emory Ducote (left) and Todd Crabtree make sure robot 6448 is able to hang on in match 3 of the Finals. The Blue Jays won 2 out of 3 matches in the finals of the championship tournament.

Student coach Julian Mahfouz (back) looks on as drivers Emory Ducote (left) and Todd Crabtree make sure robot 6448 is able to hang on in match 3 of the finals. The Blue Jays won 2 out of 3 matches in the finals of the championship tournament.

Next up for the robotics team is a three-day Super Regional Championship held in San Antonio, Texas.  Beginning on March 9, the South Super Regional Championship is one of four championships held across the United States. Seventy-two teams will compete in San Antonio to try to advance to the World Championship held at the end of April.