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April 3, 2014

Lockport robotics takes home the gold

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport’s robotics team took home the gold last weekend at the FIRST Finger Lakes Regional competition at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The 1507 Warlocks were ranked number one overall, out of 49 competing teams.

“It definitely was an uphill battle for us the entire time,” James Rogowski, president of Lockport robotics said. “It was a very competitive challenge.”

This year’s game is “Aerial Assist”. The game is played by two competing alliances of three robots from three different teams.

The game is played on a flat 25-foot by 54-foot field with a five-foot truss between. The alliances have a two-minute-and-30-second match to score as many goals as possible in either a high or low goal. Extra points are earned by assisting.

The Warlocks won 12 out of 13 matches in the competition. During elimination matches, where the top eight teams select two other teams to partner with, the Warlocks selected Newfane’s 378 Circuit Stompers and Clifton Park’s team, the 20 Rocketeers.

Newfane had been ranked 19, but came in ninth overall with a power ranking, Circuit Stompers mentor Dan Sherwood said.

The alliance won the elimination round, winning first place. The Warlocks’ total record for the regional was 18-2.

The Circuit Stompers and the Rocketeers were also named regional winners.

Both teams will travel to St. Louis, Mo. to compete in the World Finals from April 22 to April 26, which will feature 400 teams from all over the world.

The event will be held in the Edward Jones Dome, where the St. Louis Rams play, as well as the annex stadium.

“There will probably be anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 people there,” Rogowski said. “There are teams from many different countries coming — this really is a world championship.”

Contact reporter Kaley Lynch at 439-9222 ext. 6245 or Tweet to @Lynchie17

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