Mattawan’s WiredCats compete at FIRST robotics state championship

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
Photo courtesy Mattawan WiredCats

    Mattawan High School Robotics team, WiredCats, competed last weekend at the FIRST Michigan State Championship, held at Saginaw Valley State University’s Fieldhouse.
    Competing on Ford Field, Mattawan Coach April Turner said, “The team had some bad luck in many of the matches,  where the team ended up ranked 28 out of 40 teams.”
    “Great teams have their team scouting every match where they are able to see how well each robot does based on different data collected,” said Turner.
    Due to the WiredCats scoring ability for hatch placement and cargo delivery, the team was picked to be part of the No. 1  Alliance going into the quarter-finals.
    The captain for Alliance No. 1 was NC Gears - Team 1918. Mattawan was selected along with the Brighton TechnoDogs - Team 3707.
    Turner said, “The alliance did well in the quarter-finals and fought hard, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by the alliance that won the entire State Championship.”
    Although the WiredCats  did not qualify for the World Championship in Detroit, the team looks forward to the 2020 season, according to Turner.
    “The team will work hard to do off-season marketing, fundraising, community events,  such as GeekFest, and more this off-season in preparation for FRC 2020.”
 

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