Bigfork’s Backwoods Bots placed 16th at state competition

Congratulations go out to the Bigfork Robotics team, the Backwoods Bots, for taking 16th place in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHL) Championship match on May 18 that was held at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena.

This was the first time that a Bigfork team had competed at the state level. It is only the second year that Bigfork has had a Robotics team.

A pep fest was held at the Bigfork School on May 16 as a send off celebration for the Backwoods Bots’ first state competition.

The Bigfork Robotics 2014-2015 school year team is comprised of Hunter Dahlke, Rodney Kuschel, Gigi Wanner and Shawna Youngberg. Coaching this team is Michele Carnahan, who is also a teacher at the Bigfork School.

“The competition was fierce,” said Bigfork School Secretary Jo Ann Jorgensen, “with 217 schools participating. The kids competed against schools that had up to 70 kids on their team. Thanks to Mrs. Carnahan and the team for an awesome year!!!! Go BOTS!!!!”

Bigfork’s Backwoods Bots qualified for the state tournament by accumulating 38 event points at Lake Superior Regional tournament on Feb. 28 when they placed in the top four of the quarter finals after competing against 63 teams.

“This placed our team 21st in the MSHL rankings after the regional tournament play,” said Carnahan. “Invitations were extended to the top 30 teams in the state of Minnesota to compete at the state tournament.”

During the state tournament each team played eight rounds to accrue points. Officials chose the alliances and awarded points. By the end of eight rounds, the Bots were in 16th place. “This was our final position for the state tournament,” said Carnahan.

The game for the 2014-2015 year was Recycle Rush with three robots on an alliance team competing against three robots on the opposing field.

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