There are 5 Michigan districts this week and I’ll take a look at each event, as well as rank each event. This is Rank 3 for 2023 Week 3, Traverse City.
Traverse City District
Last Year Winners (1711-5086-6963)
Favorites: I checked the weather forecast for Traverse City this afternoon, shockingly (not really) it’s still supposed to be snow. You might say that’s random, but I think the top favorite seems to be bringing the weather with them, 910-The Foley Freeze. 910 travels all the way up to Traverse City for their Michigan debut, after an adventure down in Indiana. The FIN Mishawaka event in week 1 was their true debut as they finished Rank 2, but finished just 1 game short of a blue banner, settling for a Finalist medal. 862 made their return after competing at Mishawaka, and were Lansing Finalists last week, and since 910 did much better in Indiana, it only makes sense that the Foley Freeze would come in as heavy favorites. Our next favorite is a team that appeared on my Michigan Top 25 after Week 1, but fell off of it this week, so they should hope to rejoin that list with a strong performance. I of course am talking about 3767-Titans. Most of the teams at Traverse City this week also competed at the Calvin University district in week 1, and the Titans were no different, finished second in qualifying and as the 2 Seed Captain finished in 3rd place. The better teams at Calvin that made 3767 medalless are not at Traverse City,3357-1918-2054, so this should open the lanes for them as they try and make a trip to the Finals, and possibly return to their old place at 17th on my top 25. My last favorite is team 7160-Ludington O-Bots, who seemed to get passed up in the alliance selection at Calvin University, as they fell to being part of a very competitive 8 Seed. Despite also finishing 25th in Qualifying, this team had a more than serviceable high cone and auto balancing autonomous as well as clean cycles that have them coming into this event with the highest EPA out of all participants.
Contenders: My first two Contenders also competed at Calvin University and were actually right across from each other at alliance selection, as we have the 4th Seed’s first pick, 3688-Norsemen, and the captain of the 5 Seed, 4377-Boyne City Blaze. The Boyne City Blaze may have a much better qualifying, 7th compared to 17th, but when it came to the playoffs the Norsemen would have the better weekend. The Norsemen would join the 4 Seed and finish 5th, whereas 4377 would be swept in two games, including a 21 point loss to that very same 4 Seed. I expect both of these teams to have much better events, not only joining a higher rated alliance, but going for medals rather than a quick out in the playoffs on Saturday. The last Contender for Traverse City is 4983-IronBots. IronBots was at Lansing last week, ranking 7th, joining the 3rd Seed and ultimately finishing 3rd for the weekend. As one of the few non Calvin University participants, it will be interesting how 4983 meshes with the group with lots of games against one another, which could go either way.
7790-Baywatch Robotics-30 at Kettering 1, 6 Seed Pick 1, 4th
5560-Central Lake Trobotics-6 at Lansing, 4 Seed Captain, 5th
Playoff Teams to Make a Jump:
5086-Cadillac Connectors-28 at Calvin University, 8 Seed Pick 2, 4th
3603-Cyber Coyotes-5 at Calvin University, 4 Seed Captain, 5th
2834-Bionic Black Hawks-21 at Jackson, 7 Seed Pick 1, 7th
3618-Petoskey Paladins-10 at Lansing, 6 Seed Captain, 4th
Might Have Trouble Repeating:
1711-RAPTORS-15 at Calvin University, 4 Seed Pick 2, 5th
New Teams to Make a Statement:
1 Seed 910-3767 v 2 Seed 7160-3688
Next up is Rank 2, Standish-Sterling.