Molokai High School robotics team takes 2nd at state championship

The Molokai High School robotics team competed at the 2019 Hawaii State VEX Robotics Championship on Jan. 12 on Oahu. The daylong tournament consisted of the top 36 VEX robotics teams in Hawaii.

The team overcame a rough start in the qualification rounds to make a comeback toward the end of the tournament, with both Teams 1037A and 1037B advancing to the knockout bracket.

Team 1037B and its alliance partner, Team 2437B from Sacred Hearts Academy, as the 16th seed upset the No. 1-seeded alliance in the Round of 16 knockouts, 21 points to 18, advancing to the quarterfinals where their run ended.

Team 1037A along with its alliance partner, Team 4270B from St. Louis School, also advanced to the quarterfinals, winning 16 points to 15, and then semifinals, winning 16 points to 8.

In the final, Team 1037A lost a hard-fought battle to the eventual tournament champions, finishing as tournament finalists.

In the Robot Skills part of the tournament (one robot scoring as much as it can), Team 1037B also placed second in the state with a score of 34 points — just three points shy of the highest score.

Molokai High School robotics as a whole also won the Energy Award, which was presented to the team that showcased a high level of professionalism at the event.