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Congrats to state-bound Otters [UPDATED]

Published 10:09am Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Updated 12:13pm Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Late February and March (Madness) is tournament time in Minnesota and around the country.

The Otters look forward to the challenge of earning their way to state and competing against the best teams and individuals over the next few weeks.

Congratulations to wrestlers Dane Ringquist (160 pounds) and Abram Aho (195 pounds) for winning section championships and to Coach Adam Schlepp.

They will compete in the state tournament at the St. Paul Xcel Energy Center this week.

We are very proud of the team for winning the Section 8 AA Sportsmanship Award and having three Academic All-Section Award Winners: Nathan Onstad, Dane Ringquist, and Ben Schindler.

Congratulations to Coach Tom Uvaas, Section 5A Coach of the Year, and the Otter Swimming and Diving Team for winning the Section 5A section title!

Reid Magnuson won the diving competition with a record score and was named Diver of the Meet. Teammate Cal Mouritsen was named Swimmer of the Meet for winning two individual events and participated on two winning relays.

The state meet with be held from February 27-March 1 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.


Robotics Team

On Presidents’ Day, the Robotics Team demonstrated this year’s entry into the regional competition.

The robotic was successful in shooting the large beach ball into the target zone and picking it up with ease.

Team OtterBots should be very proud

Advisor Bill Swanson shared the following information, “The team thanks our local sponsors, StoneL, Otter Tail Power, and the 544 Foundation.

Nothing the team does would be possible without their generous support.”

The effort in the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) is significant. None of the 67,500 students (2,700 teams) have any idea prior to the event kick off of what the challenge will be.

In six weeks, the team must work together to strategize about the problem presented, test and develop prototypes, design a machine with half a dozen sub-systems, test, likely redesign at least some of those systems, and test again.

It is a demanding, difficult, but very worthwhile task that is taken on and these students deserve recognition for their efforts.

The students complete this while balancing homework, activities, jobs, etc.

The team members include: Jake Fietek (team captain), Taylor Georgeson, Erica Kelly, Josiah Nord, Kallan Sandahl, Gabe Venberg, Cody Drake, Matt Johnson, David Grotberg, Sean Mills. The teams’ mentors include Bill Swanson, Bob Drake and Earl Fietek.

The competition is called the North Star Regional Event, which takes place March 28-29th, at the Mariucci Arena, University of Minnesota Campus in the Twin Cities.

The matches for Team 3293 will be broadcast live, with thousands of fans in the stands cheering on the 64 participating teams in this regional event.

FIRST Robotics was endorsed by the MSHSL two years ago, Team 3293 competed in the inaugural Robotics State Tournament in 2012.

The top 30 teams in Minnesota will be invited to the state tournament.

We have also posted several videos of the robot on YouTube this year, and they can be found at:


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