NorCal Rumble VEX Tournament Recap: 81818X wins Robot Skills & Design Awards, 81818A receives Energy Award!

The PART VEX teams competed at the NorCal Rumble VRC Tournament on Feb 9th - a quick turnaround for the club after the big road trip to the SparkleCon Smash VI combat tourney on Feb 2nd. 81818S and 81818A made some dramatic improvements since their first tournament in December! All 3 teams advanced to the elimination rounds of the tournament.

81818S was the #15 seed alliance, and in the R16 pulled of a major upset of the #2 seed, and then knocked off the 10th ranked alliance to make the semi-finals against 81818X! At first it looked like 81818S might pull off yet another upset to make the finals, but a field technical fault was declared, and in the replay, 81818X/824C came away with the victory. In finals, 81818X/824C combined for a strong lead out of auton, but came up just a bit short in a 15-13 loss.

The judges came away impressed with the design and engineering around the complex 81818X bot, awarding them 81818X the Design Award for the most professional approach to design. 81818X also had the high skills challenge score of the day and received the Robots Skills award.

Finally, we are proudest of 81818A - our all freshmen team received the Energy Award for their extraordinary enthusiasm through out the event!

The local junior high team, 9537 Cavitt Junior Cowboys also attended the event. 9537B finishes 9th in prelims, and made it to the semi-finals against the eventual tournament champions. 9357C had another strong showing as well, ranking 14th in prelims and making the elimination rounds.

All seven 81818 and 9357 teams will be competing this weekend at the VEX Google Signature event, with both State Championship slots and Worlds qualifying opportunities available. PART and Cavitt Cyber Cowboys are proud to represent Granite Bay robotics, and the greater Placer county area, at these high profile, highly competitive events!