Robotics Team Roars Back with "Throwdown" Championship

The Barstow FIRST Robotics Team won first place at the Cowtown Throwdown Robotics competition on Saturday, Nov. 6. Thirty-six teams from across the midwest competed at Lee's Summit High School during  the team's first in-person competition in nearly two years. 
The team battled through setbacks for a 7-1 record in qualification matches, earning the spot as Second Seed Captain. Scouts selected teams from Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Columbia, Missouri, to be in a playoffs alliance. Together, the teams compiled a 6-1 record in quarterfinals. In the last finals match, Team 1939 and its partners scored the highest point total in the tournament, winning 218-97.

Congratulations to our Drive Team; Tyler Carlgren, Sidd Jasti, Thomas Andrews, Turner Andrews, Michael Mou, Ayushi Kothari and Anders Hwang. And a special shout-out to the Scouting Team; Caroline Fry, Charlie Hisle, and Sriram Pattabiraman for selecting an amazing playoffs alliance.
 
Barstow's robot, King Arthur, is a complex feat of engineering, programming and vision tracking  built nearly two years ago, yet it only competed once in lFebruary 2020, just two weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown. Class of 2020 alumni watched the competition from the stands and online across the country, as the robot they helped build proved that it was a World Class championship machine.
 
"I think I speak on behalf of all of the alumni here in that you guys really stepped up to the plate," Aiden Jacobs, Class of 2020, told the team after the win. "I can remember the night that COVID shut us down, and I thought that I'd never see the robot compete again. And although I didn’t get to drive it, it got the send off it deserved. I think the leadership team you have is very promising and I would encourage you all to challenge yourself this upcoming build season. You have the skills to bring home the next regional banner, and I know that myself as well as the rest of the alumni will be looking forward to seeing what you come up with this build season."
 
King Arthur is now retired, and the robotics team will build a new robot to play a the next FIRST Robotics game starting in January 2022! 
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