Robotics teams win

Hood River robotics teams won three slots for state at OMSI’s First Tech Challenge qualifying tournament. The Feb. 24 event started with five qualifying rounds placing Hood River teams first, second, sixth and eighth.

After three rounds The Men Who Stare at Programs and Black Hawks defeated Magnum for first place.

The highest award of the day is the Inspire award which went to Magnum.

All three teams will advance to state. Oregon state finals will be held March 3 at South Meadows Middle School in Hillsboro.

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