Northern California Championships

Terra Nova Team 6002, The Basalisks, Win Northern California State Championships, Advance to World Championships
The Basalisks won their first 4 matches, extending their winnign streak from the Elk Grove Qualifier to 13 matches.  They lost their 5th match, but had the 4th highest Ranking Points of any team in the world this year.  That made them the second seed going into Alliance selection.  They chose the Robo Knights (FTC 5220) and Topsy Turvey (5818) to be their alliance partners.  The Basalisk Alliance lost the first semifinal, but followed up with 2 strong matches with their backs to the wall.  The Basalisks won their first Final match, but dropped the second.  The third match win made them Northern California State Champions and advanced them to the World Championships in St. Louis. 
 
The following tournament-day videos are in chronological order:
Qualification Rounds
Above is the Autonomous Period from Basalisks' 1st match (match ?).  The Basalisks score the top IR peg, but their opponents, 5151 Infinity Robotics of Fremont, score the center (non-IR) peg.  That gives the Basalisk Alliance a 65-10 lead going into Teleop, but the opposing alliance owns the center peg, important for tic-tac-toes.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from Basalisks' 1st match (match ?).  The Basalisks play defense against 5151, Infinity Robotics from Fremont, while alliance partner 3509, Phoenxtrix from Folsom, scored at will against a malfunctioning alliance opponent.  Phoenxtrix completed a "Blackout" (where all 9 pegs on one side of the board are owned for 8 Tic-Tac-Toes).  The Basalisk Alliance wins the match __-__.
 
Above is the Autonomous Period from Basalisks' 2nd match (match ?).  Team 4345, Aragon Robotics from San Mateo, tries to block the Basalisks autonomous program.  However, Basalisks' robot, Voldebot, races to the sheltered middle of the field and waits for Aragon's robot to sail right on behind it.  Then Voldebot completes its autonomous routine and scores the IR peg.  Meanwhile, alliance partner 4509, the Gryphons from Hillsborough, locks up 4963, Nova also from Folsom, resulting in a 65-0 lead going into Teleop.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from Basalisks' 2nd match (match ?).  The Basalisks, with the heavier of the alliances' robots, is once again asked to play defense, this time against Nova.  When the Gryphons have trouble scoring, and give up the lead 120-80, the Basalisks switch to offense and the alliance simultaneously scores four rings on the top pegs to complete a Tic-Tac-Toe and win the match __-__.
 
Above is the Autonomous Period from Basalisks' 3rd match (match ?).  Matt James chooses his autonomous program that approaches the IR peg from the side and waits to be hit from behind by the opposition.  It proved not to be the wisest program choice, but Matt's protection code saves their drive motors from burnout.  The match is scoreless going into Teleop.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from Basalisks' 3rd match (match ?).  The Basalisks place 2 rings over one opposing ring, switching ownership of the peg and negating a Tic-Tac-Toe.  The Basalisk Alliance wins the match __-__.
 
A video malfunction prevented the Basalisks' 4th match (match ?) Autonomous Period from being recorded.  The Basalisks scored the top IR peg for a 65-0 lead going into Teleop.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from Basalisks' 4th match (match ?).  Voldebot demonstrates one of their design strategies, reaching over a defending robot and scoring.  Driver Bryce Chadwick hits the pegs so hard he knocks one of his own rings off the other side of the board, though not deemed a penalty because of contact by a defending robot.  The Basalisk Alliance wins the match 91-76. 
 
A video malfunction prevented the Autonomous Period from Basalisks' 5th match (match 42) to be recorded.  Neither alliance scores in autonomous.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from Basalisks' 5th match (match 42).  The Basalisk Alliance loses the match __-__, ending their 13 game winning streak going back to their undefeated Elk Grove Qualifier.  The Basalisks still secure the 2nd seed going into Alliance Selection with 8 Qualifying Points and 577 Ranking Points, the fourth highest 5-match total in the World this year.
 
SemiFinals
Above is the Autonomous Period from the Basalisks' 1st semifinals match (Semifinal 2).  Matt James again tries a side approach to cut off a blocking robot, but again this backfires.  The Gryphons (5409) score an autonomous ring to put the Basalisk Alliance behind 0-60 going into Teleop.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from the Basalisks' 1st semifinals match (Semifinal 2).  The Gryphons place two corner rings over the Basalisk's one, negating two Basalisk Tic-Tac-Toes and winning the match 155-135.  Terra Nova faces elimination in the next match.
 
Above is the Autonomous Period from the Basalisks' 2nd semifinals match (Semifinal 2).  1st Alliance Selection Robo Knights (5220) from Fremont block out the Gryphons (5409) freeing up the Basalisks to score on the IR Peg for a 65-0 lead going into Teleop.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from the Basalisks' 2nd semifinals match (Semifinal 2).  Opposing team The Metal That Moves (5157) ran into technical difficulties and the Basalisk Alliance took advantage.  The Gryphons lock up with Voldebot and almost tipped him over.  It is a scary end of the match as it looks like Voldebots' arm migh be damaged, but a check after the match proved it was unharmed.  The Basalisk Alliance wins the match 276-15, and tie the semifinal 1-1.
 
Above is the Autonomous Period from the Basalisks' 3rd semifinals match (Semifinal 2).  The Gryphons score their autonomous ring for permanent ownership of their middle peg, but the Robo Knights successfully stop the Boss Bots (524) from Moraga from blocking the Basalisks' autonomous program.  Voldebot was clear to score the top IR peg for a 65-10 lead going into Teleop.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from the Basalisks' 3rd semifinals match (Semifinal 2).  Needing to make up 55 points, the Gryphon Alliance takes an offensive approach to Teleop.  The Basalisk Alliance piles on the points and wins the match 271-125, advancing to the finals.
 
Finals
Above is the Autonomous Period from the Basalisks' 1st finals match.  Alliance Captains, RedHoloRams (4422), from Fremont, elected to play both their alliance selections and sit out the first match.  Void (5057), also from Fremont, and Nova (4963) lined up both robots to block.  Matt James placed the robot just inside Void and tried out the new program he developed during the tournament.  The strategy was perfect.  Voldebot waited for Void to sail by, then moved onto the red side of the field and just missed scoring the IR Peg.  Teleop would begin scoreless.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from the Basalisks' 1st finals match.  Basalisk Drivers Bryce Chadwick and Andy Snitovsky scored two rings on two of the top pegs and were set to score a third pair when Nova struck Voldebot from the side.  It was a pushing match which Voldebot eventually won by placing both rings on the remaining top peg for 30 points and a 30 point line bonus (Tic-Tac-Toe).  The Basalisk Alliance wins the match 145-90, and are just one win away from becoming Northern California State Champions and advancing to the World Championships.
 
Above is the Autonomous Period from the Basalisks' 2nd finals match.  The Basalisks just miss scoring the top IR Peg, while RedHoloRams (4422) do score on their top IR Peg, putting the Basalisk Alliance down 0-65 going into Teleop.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from the Basalisks' 2nd finals match.  Both Basalisk Alliance robots lost communication with the Field Control System and were unable to move for part of the match.  The RedHoloRams Alliance wins the match 395-65, tying the finals 1-1  The next match will determine the Tournament Champion.
 
Above is the Autonomous Period from the Basalisks' 3rd finals match.  The Robo Knights (5220) were not lined up properly to block Nova (4963), which in turn blocked Voldebot from scoring in Autonomous.  However, that miss allowed the Robo Knights to block the RedHoloRams (4422) from scoring their pre-loaded ring also.  The match is scoreless going into the Teleop period which will determine the champion.
 
Above is the Teleop Period from the Basalisks' 3rd finals match.  The Basalisk Alliance scores eight rings on the top pegs, three rings on the middle pegs, two rings on the bottom pegs and six Tic-Tac-Toes, only one peg away from a "Black-Out".   They win the match 342-151, becoming Captains of the Northern California Winning Alliance and advancing to the World Championships.