Harvey’s robotics team returned to Council Bluffs, Iowa, over the weekend for a chance at a second consecutive national title, but it wasn’t meant to be as the RoboCavs saw their best hope for a championship, Team B, lose in the semifinals to the eventual champion.
The RoboCavs, winners this year of six of eight VEX Robotics regional tournaments leading up to the CREATE U.S Open, qualified four teams to participate in the nationals. All four teams performed well in the preliminaries and earned the right to advance to the elimination round.
Harvey’s Team B members Michael Ecker, Justin Tebbutt, Ryan Park and Sam Chumsky made it past the grueling elimination round to advance to the tension-packed semifinals before coming up short. Chumsky was a member of a Harvey team that won the national championship last April in Iowa. The other RoboCavs competing were Josh Bloom, Ryan Hurst and Jarrod Warner on Team A, Hunter Hoffman and Ethan Alfandary as Team C and Matt Drude and Noah Bailey, Team D.
Four RoboCavs will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, April 19-22 at the Kentucky Exposition Center to compete in the VEX Worlds 2017. Team 6277A, comprised of seniors Jarrod Waner, Ryan Hurst, Joshua Bloom and Hunter Hoffman, had qualified for the worlds with a second-place finish in the Southern New York State competition in March.