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ILHS teams win VEX robotics tourney

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by David Bender/Special to Carolina Gateway
An alliance of Indian Land High School’s two robotics teams won the Dec. 1 VEX robotics tournament at Clover Middle School.
The Indian Land teams competed against 16 teams from schools across the state.
After each team played five qualifying rounds, Indian Land’s Team B was ranked first with a 4-1 record. IL’s Team A ranked fourth with a 2-1-2 record.
The Indian Land teams formed an alliance to compete against nine other alliances in the elimination tournament rounds.
The Indian Land alliance advanced through the quarterfinals and semifinals, winning very competitive matches in each.
On the other side of the tournament bracket lurked an upset-minded alliance led by one of the top teams from Nation Ford High School. That alliance was ranked seventh out of the nine alliances after the qualifying rounds, but it stormed through the quarterfinals and semifinals, scoring victories over the second- and third-ranked alliances.
But in the championship round, the Indian Land alliance worked well together and utilized the different strengths of each of their robots to win the tournament championship.
That championship qualifies both of the Indian Land teams to compete in the state robotics tournament in Charleston in March.
In addition to bringing home the tournament championship, Indian Land’s Team A received the sportsmanship  award, and Team B brought home an award for excellence in robotic skills.