Eagle River teams sweep robotics competition

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:28
  • The Eagle River Nuclear Wolves team of Sebastian Tunley,Isiah Bauzon, Gage Friesen, Keith Sellers, Ryan Sabroski and Alex Oleniczak won the First Tech Challenge Qualifier tournament at Lathrop High School Jan. 19-20 and also took the tournament’s Inspire Award as the top overall team. (Photo courtesy Matthew R. Prnka)
  • Phantom Wolves team of Anya Jeppson, Ashleigh Shyne, Andre Gutierrez, Tyler Jennings, Isaac Jennings and Ian Beck earned the Connect Award the First Tech Challenge Qualifier tournament at Lathrop High School Jan. 19-20. (Photo courtesy Matthew R. Prnka)
  • The Eagle River Cyber Wolves team of Greg Talotta, Jakob LaMar, Carter Penaz, and Aidan Sutherland took runner-up honors at the First Tech Challenge Qualifier tournament at Lathrop High School. (Photo courtesy Matthew R. Prnka)
  • The Eagle River Nuclear Wolves’ robot in action at the First Tech Challenge in Fairbanks Jan. 19-20. (Photo courtesy Matthew R. Prnka)

Robotics teams from Eagle River High School took the top two spots in the Fairbanks First Tech Challenge Qualifier tournament at Lathrop High School held Jan. 19-20.

The Nuclear Wolves were second through the qualifying rounds and then captured the tournament title by eliminating the Cyber Wolves in the championship round. The Nuclear Wolves team of Sebastian Tunley, Isiah Bauzon, Gage Friesen, Keith Sellers, Ryan Sabroski and Alex Oleniczak also won the tournament’s Inspire Award as the top overall team for all judged categories.

The Cyber Wolves team of Greg Talotta, Jakob LaMar, Carter Penaz, and Aidan Sutherland, who were fifth through the qualifying rounds, also picked up the Think Award for outstanding engineering notebook

The Phantom Wolves team of Anya Jeppson, Ashleigh Shyne, Andre Gutierrez, Tyler Jennings, Isaac Jennings and Ian Beck earned the Connect Award based on their engineering notebook required to have a “business or strategic plan that identifies their future goals and the steps they will take to reach those goals. The plan could include fund-raising goals, sustainability goals, timelines, outreach, and community service goals.”

The teams will continue to improve their robots over the next four weeks before competing in the Alaska State Championships at UAA’s Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 16-17.

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