On Monday, January 21, the Lytle High School Robo Pirates robotics teams competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge League Championship of the South San Antonio Metro League. At the end of match play, team Marauders ranked 3rd and team Mutiny ranked 7th out of 27 teams. As a top 4 team, Marauders had the privilege to be the Captain of one of the alliances to compete in a best 2 out of 3 tournaments to decide the champion. Team Mutiny was chosen by the Techno Pirates of Lytle Junior High to join their alliance. Both of these alliances beat their semifinals opponent to face off against each other in the finals. The matches were exciting (and close!) but the alliance captained by team Marauders set a points record for the tournament and was victorious. This was the first time a team from LHS finished as the tournament champion! At the awards ceremony, Marauders was also honored with the Innovate Award for thorough documentation of their design process throughout the season.
Team Marauders advance to the Alamo Regional Championship in New Braunfels on March 2-3 and will compete against teams from Austin to the Rio Grande Valley for a spot at the FTC World Championship. Team Mutiny will have another chance to get to Regionals by competing in the Wildcard Qualifier at Brandeis High School on February 16.
We want to send out a special thanks to Amanda Lopez and Monica Kelley for volunteering as referees this season and we want to wish the Techno Pirates good luck at regionals as well!