LOUDONVILLE — Loudonville High School's Team 598B finished as runner-up to Brecksville the the Vex Robotics Ohio State Tournament on March 10 at Columbus East High School.
The No.2 finish came against a field of 74 robotics teams from all across Ohio.
Among its competitors was Loudonville High Team 598A, that the "B" team defeated in one of the qualifying rounds. Team B won eight consecutive matches in the qualifying rounds, while Team A went 4-4. Team A placed 47th in the tournament.
Members of the state runner-up B team are Jarryd Baynes, Dillon Portz, Reed Bahr and Nick Ramey, while members of the A team are Andrew Truax, Tomas Sanchez, Logan Souslin and Casey Rush. All are seniors except for Rush.
Coach/adviser Josh Miller, a physical science teacher at LHS, said his B team prevailed in quarterfinal and semifinal matches before being edged, 115-99, in the finals.
"By making it past the quarterfinals, we qualify for the Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Ky., April 25-28," Miller said.
He will take all eight members of his team to the Louisville event.
"For one thing, it is an international competition, and two members of Team A can speak a foreign language, Truax Mandarin Chinese, and Sanchez, Spanish," Miller said. "We can use those language skills as we may partner with Chinese- or Spanish-speaking teams. Plus the A team members have been practicing against the B team members all year. A makes B a lot better each time."
The is the second time in its three-year history that a LHS robotics team has qualified for the world competition, doing so in its inaugural year in 2016, Miller said.
The robotics program is a class in Loudonville High School's STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) program, the fifth and final in a series of engineering courses.