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Lone Wolf Robotics in Kentucky for World Championships (6 photos)

Lone Wolf Robotics Trio from Korah, Terry Baraciak, Sean Smith and Tia Baraciak, quickly making an impression at VEX World Robotics Championships



Day 2 ended with some very tough matches for the Korah Lone Wolf team at Worlds.

Team 114T completed their final skills challenge matches but were unable to beat their best scores from yesterday, and were passed by some teams who did improve, and slipped into 23rd overall in the Skills events (out of 193 teams who posted any results).  One more day of Skills Matches could see them slip farther down as other teams try their first matches, or improve their previous high scores.  

Opening Teamplay qualifying matches were a real battle, with a very heavy and overtly aggressive Chinese robot proving to be hard to toss the game pieces over, which also received warnings from the referees prior to handing Lone Wolf an opening loss.

A second match had a wiring issue pop up as wires dislodged during pit robot inspection were replaced incorrectly and caused control issues for the normally dominant Lone Wolf machine, and caused their second loss of the event.

An exciting third match teamed them with a Mexican squad who spoke no English - enter Google translate, which helped them develop a winning strategy for their first win of the day.

So after three matches in Teamplay, they sit ranked 57th in their division, with seven more matches to try to move up the rankings.  Five more Teamplay matches are on the schedule for tomorrow, with their final two qualifying matches on Saturday morning. 

In the meantime, they were also selected as finalists in two major judging categories, getting interviewed in both the Design Award category, and the Programming Award category. These final awards will be announced on Saturday during the playoff finals.

Day 1 (Apr. 19) in Louisville KY wrapped up with practice and opening Skills Challenge Matches.

Lone Wolf Robotics (Team 114T) had their first practice match with a team from Delaware, while competing against teams from Kentucky and China.  
Their robot is running very well, but a new anti-static coating applied to the floor surface is causing all sorts of odd problems for all of the teams. It will be a challenge to see how this new material will affect the matches.
Their Skills Matches (1 robot only, not team play) went very well, as they completed 2 driver matches and 1 programming match and currently sit ranked in 10th place overall - impressive considering there are 564 teams in this event.  
For this challenge, they keep their best score from each skills challenge, and have a maximum of 3 attempts at each one, so will have one more driver and 2 more programming matches to try to improve this overall score.  
For Day 2, Skills Challenges continued with their first Teamwork Qualifying matches, starting with their first match at 1:56 p.m., with their partner and opponent teams randomly selected from the 93 teams assigned to their MATH division grouping.
Today's matches:
Match #9: partner from Michigan, opponents from Ohio and China
Match #44: partner from Hong Kong, opponents from Ohio and China (different opponents this time)
Match #56: partner from Mexico, opponents from Minnesota and Puerto Rico

The duo of boys from Missanabie will depart tomorrow for the elementary school VEX IQ event, which starts on Sunday, following the VEX highschool playoffs, which wrap up Saturday afternoon.

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