Loyola Blakefield Robotics Provides Midseason Update

Loyola Blakefield Robotics has reached the midpoint of their 2022–23 season. Currently, the program is fielding ten separate teams made up of 34 students from grades 6 through 12. These teams have represented Loyola at tournaments held at Dulaney High School, Hereford Middle School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, as well as South Hagerstown High School and the Valley Mall in Hagerstown.

"The program is quite strong and growing in depth and prowess with every competition," said Coach Ryan Bromwell '91, who is joined by other faculty members Brigid Mitcherling, Jenn Pearson, and John Gangler, as well as current parent Dave Magaha, P '23.

Some highlights from the first half of the season include two teams qualifying for their respective State Championship tournaments. First, Team 7135C consisting of Chris Magaha '23 and Matthew Mulhern '23, qualified based on their strong showings in skill challenge rankings. The team even made it to the finals (top 4 teams) at the Western Maryland Valley Mall Qualifier.

Second, Team 7135B consisting of middle school students Andy McHugh '28, Asher Corbin '29, Marc Flukinger '29, and William Gaarder '29 have also qualified for the State Championship based on scrappy driving skills, good skill rankings, and continuous improvement of their robot.

Finally, Ryan Verch '29 of Team 7135A caught the attention of the judges while driving alone at the Valley Mall tournament and earned the Judges Award—a recognition of a team’s up-and-coming status, good design, and impressive competition skills. 

Next up, the Robo-Dons visit their rivals at the Cardinal Classic at Calvert Hall on January 21. They will then host more than 50 teams on campus for the Blakefield Robotics Challenge II on January 28.

Congratulations to the team, and best of luck during the second half of their season!
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