Lumberjacks Compete in Battle of Baltimore

The Lumberjacks, Boys' Latin’s upper school robotics team, competed on Saturday at the 12th Annual Battle of Baltimore, one of the East Coast’s premier off-season robotics events.
“Against stiff competition and challenging repairs, the team’s performance was simply outstanding,” says Michael Black, who coaches the team along with Anne Kellerman, BL’s Director of Technology Programs, and Veronica Berkstresser, upper school science teacher.

In the last match of the rank-seeding round, the drive team pulled out a big win and moved from 10th to fifth place in the tournament and became one of eight captains of alliances.

“With the quarter-finals being best of three matches, our alliance dominated the competition,” says Black. “Unfortunately, we tied in match wins in the semi-finals and lost the third match coming up just short of the points we needed to reach the finals. The team was not too down that we were eliminated as they knew how well we did against great odds.”

Boys’ Latin was one of 32 high school teams to compete in the annual competition, which was held again this year at McDonogh School.

“The team did a terrific job the entire day. We had a group helping with resetting the field, a group that helped with repairs and, of course, our drive team members of the day. It was a fine finish for Anne Kellerman and her wonderful career as leader of this program,” adds Black.

Now, the team will take a short break before getting ready for the upcoming season. Launch Day for the next competition is Saturday, January 5th.

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