2017-04-20 / Community

Ubly FIRST Robotics Team heading to World Championship


Ubly Bearcat FIRST Robotics 5155 Team members pose with their robot at the State Finals conducted at Saginaw Valley State University: (front row, l-r) Shay Rich, Amber Essenmacher, Haley Krueger, Megan Leppek, Lily Kieliszewski, Caitlyn Maurer, Rebecca Particka. (back row, l-r) Isaac Booms, Chelsea Holdwick, Riley Murray, Noah Krueger, Dylan Hagen, Evan Franzel, Christian Gezequel, Grant Geiger. Top left, Bearcat team members and fans cheer on the Ubly Bearcat FIRST Robotics 5155 Team. Bottom left, Ubly Bearcat FIRST Robotics 5155 team members Riley Murray, Ken Murray, Noah Krueger, Christian Gezequel and Grant Geiger discuss strategy with an alliance member prior to a match at the State Finals conducted at Saginaw Valley State University. Ubly Bearcat FIRST Robotics 5155 Team members pose with their robot at the State Finals conducted at Saginaw Valley State University: (front row, l-r) Shay Rich, Amber Essenmacher, Haley Krueger, Megan Leppek, Lily Kieliszewski, Caitlyn Maurer, Rebecca Particka. (back row, l-r) Isaac Booms, Chelsea Holdwick, Riley Murray, Noah Krueger, Dylan Hagen, Evan Franzel, Christian Gezequel, Grant Geiger. Top left, Bearcat team members and fans cheer on the Ubly Bearcat FIRST Robotics 5155 Team. Bottom left, Ubly Bearcat FIRST Robotics 5155 team members Riley Murray, Ken Murray, Noah Krueger, Christian Gezequel and Grant Geiger discuss strategy with an alliance member prior to a match at the State Finals conducted at Saginaw Valley State University. UBLY — The Ubly Bearcat FIRST Robotics 5155 Team has competed its way to the World Championship to be hosted at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, April 26-29.

To earn this honor, the Bearcats competed most recently at the State Finals conducted April 12-15 at Saginaw Valley State University. Out of the 80 qualifying teams headed for the World Championship, the Bearcats finished 57th.

The 5155 Bearcats earned the distinction of being the only FIRST robotics team from the Tri-County Area to qualify for the World Championship competition.

Ubly’s robotics team has to raise the $5,000 entry fee, as well as travel and lodging funds, to make its way to St. Louis, Missouri. Anyone willing to help may call the school directly at 989-658-8554, extension 336, or the team’s coach, Stewart Kieliszewski, at 989-975-0342.

Along the road to St. Louis, the team traveled to Marysville on April 6-8.

There, the Bearcats finished 12th out of 40 teams and was the first pick of the third-ranked Spartronics Team 5048 of Imlay City. This 3rd-seeded alliance was joined by Team 6538, the Linc-Bots of Ypsilanti. The alliance defeated teams from Grand Rapids, Sterling Heights and Burton and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they were defeated by the eventual tournament champions.

But, the high rank at Marysville helped the Ubly Bearcat 5155 Team garner enough points to qualify for the Michigan State Championship, conducted at SVSU’s Ryder Center.

Then, the Bearcats went on the road to University Center. In all, 160 teams had qualified for the competition. The Bearcats entered ranked 99th out of 451 teams in the state. This is Ubly’s third year placing in the Top 100.

At SVSU, Ubly competed in the Dow Field Division. At several points during the competition, the Bearcats held first place before finishing in 3rd out of 40 teams and became the 3rd-seeded alliance captains. Team 5155 then selected Teams 2474 Excel from Niles and Team 3098 The Captains from Waterford. The Bearcat alliance won their first semifinal match 454-446, but lost the 2nd and 3rd semifinal matches after Ubly’s robot was damaged by a defensive hit from an opposing alliance member.

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