Fairmont High School Robotics – Team 2847/The MegaHertz, in its fourteenth season, competed in the Northern Lights FIRST Robotics Regional Competition in Duluth, MN, last week (March 2-5).

The team’s deadly accurate scoring and speedy, reliable climb earned them an 8-1 record after a day and a half of qualification matches. At the end of qualification play, the MegaHertz was ranked #4 in the field of 53 teams. This fourth place ranking guaranteed the team a spot in the playoffs.

Team 2847 became the #3 Alliance Captain, choosing the teams from Edina High School and Park High School in Cottage Grove to round out their alliance. In the quarter-finals, the #3 Alliance led by Fairmont’s Team 2847 defeated the #6 Alliance decisively 68-50 and 69-28.

Next the Fairmont Alliance knocked off the #2 Alliance with scores of 80-75 and 64-51 in the semi-final round. Alliance #3 then faced the powerhouse #1 Alliance consisting of Greenbush, Pequot Lakes and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, in the championship. Fairmont’s Alliance was defeated by the #1 Alliance 46-100 and 57-99 to become the competition runner ups.

The MegaHertz also received the competition’s Quality Award from event judges. This award acknowledges machine robustness in concept and fabrication.

Team members are Hannah Botzet, Alyssa Lutz, Aiden Nelson, Noah Vetter, Isaac Sheard, Ben Moeller, Ty Nawrocki, Sebastian Castro, Jonathan Heinze, Matthew Malo, Amanda Poetter, Kaylee Nelson, Sam Grogin and Andrew Haugen.

Megahertz team mentors are Sam Viesselman, Logan Kahler, Robert Malo, Jason Nelson, and Cindy Viesselman.