North Marion's robotics teams had a busy weekend, not only competing but also doing all the little things that come with hosting their own tournament.
Several of the various Voltmaster teams made it to the alliance round and helped their combined teams into the quarterfinals.
"Running a tournament is way different than just watching or participating in one," said Voltmasters coach Sherie Moran. "This is my second year being involved in the VEX robotics tournament circuit and you look at things differently as a host than you do as a coach or spectator, because if it goes well, no one notices, but if it goes badly everyone does."
Moran said that the feedback she received was positive. The tournament, she said, ran "smoothly and efficiently."
The young teams did well and ended up in the middle of the pack at the end of the qualification matches, with the lowest of the five teams beating at least 10 teams. North Marion's top team was the Scorpions, which was in seventh after the initial rounds. The teams from Molalla, West Salem, Silverton and Sandy took the other top positions and got to be alliance captains heading into the quarterfinals. Three of the other North Marion teams were chosen for alliances and helped their respective teams make it to the quarterfinals.
North Marion will next compete at the state tournament at Chemeketa Community College on March 10-11.
"The Voltmasters returned to the classroom to make further modifications to their robots, programs, and strategies," said Moran. "If nothing else, our little club doesn't quit and we look forward to growing more and doing better at each and every event. Please come out and support the teams in March."
Moran said that if anyone is interested in helping students enter the robotics field, they could consider volunteering or even sponsoring a team.