Robotics Wins Nine Matches at FTC League Tournament to Qualify for State

On Saturday, February 18, Team MotorDame – 7961 – competed in the 2023 First Tech Challenge Southeast League Tournament. This year’s game was called PowerPlay. The team won nine out of 11 matches including the top alliance for the tournament with their partner, team 4193 from Jackson High School. The team qualified to competed at the Missouri FTC State Championship on March 4, 2023, in Rolla, Mo.


1st Place: Winning Alliance
This award will be given to the winning Alliance represented in the final match.

2nd Place: Inspire Award
This judged award is given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other Teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field. This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge with other teams, sponsors, their community, and the judges. Working as a unit, this team shows success in performing the task of designing and building a Robot.

Innovate Award sponsored by Raytheon Technologies
Bringing great ideas from concept to reality, the Innovate Award celebrates a team that thinks imaginatively and has the ingenuity, creativity, and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This judged award is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative Robot design solution to any specific components in the FIRST Tech Challenge game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design. This award may address the design of the whole Robot or of a sub-assembly attached to the Robot. The creative component must work consistently, but a Robot does not have to work all the time during matches to be considered for this award. The team’s engineering portfolio must include a summary of the design of the component or components and the Team’s Robot to be eligible for this award. Entries must describe how the team arrived at their solution.

Dean’s List Semi-Finalist: Evan DeJournett
The students who earn FIRST Dean’s List status as a semi-finalist, finalist or winner, are great examples of current student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment.

Event Volunteer Award
Mr. Jeff Worley

Qualification Match Results
Match 1 – MotorDame wins 92-64
Match 2 – MotorDame loses 114-166
Match 3 – MotorDame wins 113-6
Match 4 – MotorDame wins 81-75
Match 5 – MotorDame wins 134-128
Match 6 – MotorDame wins 106-53

Semifinal Match Results  (Best 2 out of 3)
Match 1 – MotorDame wins 148-55
Match 2 – MotorDame wins 108-58

Finals Match Results (Best 2 out of 3)
Match 1 – MotorDame loses 140-103
Match 2 – MotorDame wins 120-86
Match 3 – MotorDame wins 134-106