PR-B robotics team takes third

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The Pine River-Backus robotics team competed in the Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference Championship on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Cass Lake, earning third place.

Sixteen schools from across northern Minnesota and North Dakota competed in an all-day event. Playing the 2017 FIRST Robotics game, FIRST Steamworks, the teams competed with and against each other to determine the championship winner.

The PR-B robotics Team 3294 stayed near the lead all day, bouncing between second and eighth position in the rankings during qualification matches and finishing in seventh place.

Chosen to be part of the fourth-seeded alliance, PR-B and two other teams battled the first-seeded three teams in three matches, losing the first match, winning the second and losing the tiebreaker.

At the same time, the second-seeded teams battled the third-seeded teams, with the second-seeded teams coming out on top.

That set up a third-place, single match, between the third-seeded teams and the fourth-seeded teams to determine the winner of the third-place plaque, with the fourth-seeded team (which included PR-B) coming out on top to secure the third-place trophy.

"We are very proud of PR-B's gracious professionalism that was seen throughout the event, as well as their third-place win," said Coach Mike Shetka. "The eight-member team really had to step up to compete with some of the other schools."

This was PR-B's last event in the 2017 robotics season, and the final run for the FIRST Steamworks game. The new season starts Jan. 6, with a kickoff event in Nevis for the 2018 game, FIRST Power Up.