On Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 a.m., the Jaegers Robotics team loaded into a van and started their journey to the Western Super Regional event. After a 1,300 mile, 20 hour drive they finally arrived in Spokane, Washington. The team then set up their Pit, checked in, and had their 20 minute judge’s interview after which qualification matches began. After losing their first match of the event they were somewhat discouraged. However, they won the next two matches and were ranked 6th in the Cascade Division at the end of the first day.
The first match of the second day was an equally discouraging loss but the last five matches of day two were all exciting wins, with the last match being an alliance with their mentored team the Juggerbots (from Lakeside, AZ). The Jaegers’ alliances beat some of the highest ranked teams in the world. With seven wins and two losses, the Jaegers ended Qualification Matches being third seed in their division. The Jaegers then chose two teams to be their alliance partners for division finals. After losing their first two final matches they were done at the Super Regional event.
After the Cascade and Olympic Division finals, the event finals took place and the teams that were advancing to the World Championship Event were announced. The Jaegers were the 11th team out of 34 to advance and they were ranked 16th out of the 72 teams at the Regional event!
On Monday, April 16th the Jaegers will fly to Houston, Texas to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship Event. They will spend Tuesday setting up, Wednesday thru Saturday competing, and fly home Sunday. This will cost the team $10,000 for flights, hotel, rental car, tournament registration fees, and meals. They will be asking for donations and announcing fundraisers to accomplish this goal. An easy way to donate is to do so online at: https://www.youcaring.com/jaegersroboticsfirsttechchallengeteam8995-1111840
The Jaegers would like to thank the Heber-Overgaard community for all of their help, support, and encouragement. A special thank you to our particularly amazing sponsors ENCORE Thrift Emporium, H.O.S.T. Thrift Store, Cabin Fever Creations, Hancock-Leavitt Insurance Agency, Mogollon Family Dentistry, and the Heber-Overgaard Lion’s Club!