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NLS robotics team wins second at state finals

MINNEAPOLIS -- The New London-Spicer robotics team was one of three teams earning second place Saturday in the Minnesota State Robotics Finals at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

The NLS team was in a three-team alliance with teams from Nevis and Prior Lake who lost the final match to the three-team alliance from high schools in New Brighton, Woodbury and Becker, according to Aric Harrier, NLS instructor and adviser to the robotics team.

The second annual robotics tournament featured 30 teams who competed in the "Ultimate Ascent" game designed and managed by FIRST -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The game involves two competing alliances of three teams attempting to score as many points as possible by throwing discs into their goals, blocking the scoring attempts of their opponents and climbing a pyramid to reach the highest-value scoring option, all with remote-controlled robots.

The NLS team included these students: Eric van Gulijk, Connor Reischl, Jon Miller, Joey Dreier, Devin Fostervold, Micah Chetrit and Alexis Vazquez

According to the Minnesota State High School League, the qualified teams represent the top 30 Minnesota teams from various FIRST regional competitions.