MILLBURN, NJ – The Sparta High School robotics teams put their bots up against 59 other teams at the Millburn High School regional competition on Saturday.  The Z team is now ranked in the top 1% in the world. 

They went undefeated for the day and three other sub-teams battled to the quarterfinals.

"Sparta Robotics continues to make great strides,” Coach Mark Meola said. “Many things came together yesterday, mechanical design, programming, strategy, networking and teamwork all playing a critical role in propelling our teams to greater success.” “Sparta robotics has had another phenomenal competition performance,” Coach Mark Meola said.

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Going into the Millburn competition the Team 5249 Z with their robot “Ignite” posted a Skills score that has them ranked number one in the state.  They have since been edged out, pushing them to second in New Jersey.  The Z team has put together a 5-0 record in qualifier matches, Meola said. 

Z Team members: Ula Bitinatis, Kristen Bradish, Ryan Curry, Cameron Ekeman, Alex Ramos, Chris Scheri and Karthik Selvaraj

Team 5249 B with bot “Scooby” took home a ninth place finish, battling to the quarterfinals.  They are ranked number 15 in New Jersey and had the second highest skills score for a Sparta team.

B Team members: Reese Brancato, Olivia Giralt, Tanner Mell and Jonathan Stevens

With a quarterfinal showing and their skills score, Team 5249 D with [Redacted] is ranked 21 in the state.

D Team members: Sebastian Gomez (senior), Ryan McQuillan, Tom Scheri, Anna Tartaglia and Alan Yeung.

Three other Sparta 5249 sub teams made it to the quarterfinals:

  • Team S with “Yorktown”: Sean Ailara, Christopher Angelucci, Akshat Iyer, Moses Hughes, Ben Lipton and Ian Manske
  • Team X with “X-Calibur”: Nick Casqueira, Noor Elhamouly, Art Got, Dennis Hartmann, Markus Homann, Bektor Totoshev
  • Team J with “Frostbyte”: Jonathan Enriquez, Sebastian Gomez (freshman), Aidan Oberle, Jonathan Poret

“Sparta robotics has had another phenomenal competition performance,” Meola said.

Meola said the team’s next stop for what will likely be four of the eight subteams is the state championship on Saturday, March 7 at the College of New Jersey.