We recently participated in our first competition of the offseason in San Jose, CA. Competing with 40 teams from across the west coast in the 2017 FRC STEAMWORKS game, we reached the quarterfinals before being knocked out by the alliance headed by reigning world champions and hosts, the Cheesy Poofs. Along with competing in the quarterfinals, we also won the Professionalism Award. Steve Harvey said: “We’re very honored to receive the Professionalism Award, I think it’s a great award to win. It’s given to the team that helps other teams both on and off the field. We’re proud to be that team, and to have won for the second time.”
We competed in two days of qualification matches and were seeded as the eighth ranked team. For the elimination matches, we formed an alliance with the Millennium Falcons from San Diego, Code Orange from Irvine, and Wolfpack Robotics from Elk Grove. The alliance was defeated in the quarterfinals after two tough matches against the Cheesy Poofs, but not before achieving one of the highest scores of the competition in the first elimination match.
The competition also signaled some changes for the team: freshman Livy Taylor and senior Kyle Stachowicz took over as the new driver and operator. This was their first competition in their new positions, driving and operating the robot that reached the finals of the world championship in Houston this past April.
In the next month, Citrus Circuits has two upcoming competitions. The first, Capital City Classic, will be in Elk Grove, hosted by Citrus Circuits with teams EagleForce and Wolfpack Robotics from Elk Grove. The teams will also present workshops on a variety of topics for both rookie and veteran teams. After that will be Madtown Throwdown, held in Madera.