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Ridley VEX Robotics Team Wins 3 Trophies!

The Ridley VEX Robotics Team was at it again this weekend at Governor Simcoe School for the Southern Ontario VEX Robotics Tournament. The team took two robotics teams to Governor Simcoe to do battle with 58 other teams from the region and the GTA.

Our first match of the day was a disaster. Team 1509R, piloted by driver Tyler Porter and co-driver Enoch Ho and coach McCambly had a drive shaft pop free in their first match and wound up tipping over, twitching helplessly on the ground. It was an ugly beginning. After that, however, Tyler drove the machine with ever increasing skill, winning his next 5 matches for a preliminary record of 5-1.

Taylor Petrick drove our other machine, 1509B, with advisor Steve Docherty and coach Reimer finishing with a win against the best opponents on the last preliminary match to post a 5 win, 1 tie record. Taylor was also able to lay down superb skills challenge scores, scoring an incredible 113 points, 4 off the world record! (out of thousands of matches worldwide).
Our scouting team anchored by scout-master Cheryl Wong along with Jacob Eschweiler, Hayyan Khalid, David Yang, Jason Wang, and Igal Flegmann did a superb job of finding out the strengths and weaknesses of each of our upcoming allies and opponents for every match.

Steve Docherty, with the help of Taylor and others, was able to wow several sets of judges circulating around the auditorium with unique features of our machines that demonstrated clever ideas put into actions, combining the best of inventive thinking, physics, math and design. Because of these features, the first of 3 trophies won for Ridley was the ‘Amaze’ award for innovation and design. This was largely Steve’s award.

Since Taylor won the 1-minute driver’s challenge, (and scored the second highest as well) we qualified a second machine for the World Championships at ESPN (in Disney, Florida) mid-April!

The biggest surprise of the day, especially after such a horrible start, was Tyler’s team. They fought their way through some tough opponents to get to the quarter finals, beat two machines ranked higher than them in the 1/4’s and semis, and eventually came second to the number 1 ranked team in the tournament. Their effort was outstanding! Since the top two teams qualify for the worlds at ESPN, we have now qualified all three of our machines for the world championships. Only 320 teams make it (out of over 3000 from 20 countries).

If you see any members of the team, please congratulate them. They made Ridley proud today. Thanks to Mr. Leigh, Mr. Martin and Ms. OR for joining us for the last three rounds. It was a rewarding (and exhausting) way to spend the first day of exams.

Well done team 1509, Rmageddon!

Ridley College Weekend Roundup

Congratulations to the Ridley girls first basketball team on capturing the bronze medal at the 2010 OFSAA ‘A’ Championships this past weekend!


Trailing 31-28 with under a minute left in the final bronze medal game Tiger Co-Captain Charlotte Clarke stole the ball at mid-court and ran the rest in for an uncontested layin that brought Ridley within 1 point of the lead. Two missed foul shots by opponent Sacre-Couer gave Coach Whitty an opportunity to call his final timeout with 14.1 seconds left on the clock. Ridley Co-Captain Ainsley Camroux-Peacock drove down the floor and missed her initial jump shot, but with only 3 seconds left in the game managed to get her own rebound and connect on an off-balance jump shot at the buzzer securing a 32-31 win and the bronze medal for Ridley! The team finishes the season with an impressive overall record of 21 wins and 5 losses.

Meanwhile, the first girls hockey team travelled to Detroit, Michigan Friday for the Belle Tire North American Friendship Tournament. The tiny team played 5 games in 3 days, and most skaters logged over 30 minutes of ice time each game. Goaltenders Karlyle Robinson and Allie Mitchell performed admirably in net, and the support from the small group of parents who traveled was greatly appreciated.

Ridley faced hometown powerhouse Belle Tire in the Championship game. Seniors Rylee Mezzarobba and Emily Van Diepen delighted the crowd with the singing of “O Canada” to start the game. Sarah Robichaud had the hot hand on the weekend, and put Ridley on the scoreboard first (Cox, MacNeil). Belle Tire managed to score with just 52 second left in the period to tie it at one.

The score remained deadlocked, with the Tigers having a few strong scoring opportunities. Late in the second period, Robichaud stole the puck at center ice and dashed in on a breakaway. The Belle Tire goalie had to come up with a miraculous save to deny the Tigers the lead.

Fatigue crept up on Ridley at the end of the third period and the Tigers found themselves in penalty trouble. Down 2 players for the remaining 4 minutes of the game, Belle Tire was able to convert on the 5 on 3 advantage with just 1:25 remaining in the period.

The Tigers came up short, but only on the scoreboard. The ladies return to Ridley as silver medalists.

The VEX Robotics team was also on the road travelling to Toronto this past weekend for a tournament where 60 teams from schools across Ontario competed.  One of our teams piloted by Tyler Porter, won 5 matches in the round robin and finished 3rd out of 60 teams, a remarkable effort. In the competition round that followed, our scouts, led by Cheryl Wong, enabled us to ally ourselves with a team from Governor Simcoe, one of only two machines to have finished 6-0. Fate has twisted humour, however, and after winning the quarter finals, our team 1509B lost to the eventual winner in the semi-finals. Our gifted alliance partner had a mechanical fault and only scored 10 points instead of the usual 30. We lost by 7! That said, we finished the tournament in 3rd spot, a fabulous result.  The great news is that we won the skills challenge, posting the best score out of all 60 teams. Team 1509R scored 83 points. The next best was 68.  This win means we have qualified this machine for the World Championships in April, this year hosted by ESPN sports and held at Disney.

It was an exhausting day. Thanks to all who participated and helped get us ready, but special thanks to Mr. McCambley who served as a team mentor leading up to and during the contest.