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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Windom teams high in state skills rankings

Windom’s VEX Robotics teams didn’t make a major splash at the Tri-City United VEX Robotics Tournament Saturday, but they did accomplish some key goals.

A couple of teams reached the semifinals of the tournament, but more importantly, Windom teams climbed in the state skills rankings, improving their chances for a state invitation later this month.

Windom’s 7192A of seniors Philip Ackerman and Keith Swenson moved from 12th to fifth in the high school rankings, sparked by their robot’s successful autonomous mode operation. The duo finished second in the skills competition at the tournament with a whopping 162 points, just seven behind the tournament champion.

Meanwhile, the Masked Bandits of sixth-graders Max Brodin, Jesus Guillen, Mynor Mendoza, Caelen Ralston and Blake Thompson finished fifth in the skills competition at the tournament with 113 points, moving the team into second place in the state middle school skills rankings.

To learn how high other Windom teams have climbed in the state skills rankings, see the story in the March 24 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newwstands tomorrow.

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