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Double DECC’er Regional 2018

This Thursday through Saturday (March 8-10), the Duluth East Daredevils will be competing in the Northern Lights division of the Double DECC’er Regional, held in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). The Lake Superior division will also be competing, on the opposite side of the arena. With 123 teams competing, this is the largest FIRST event under one roof outside of World Championships. This event is free and open to the public. Practice matches will be played on Thursday from 12:00pm – 6:30pm, and Qualification Matches will begin Friday at 9:00am, and wrap up for the day at 5:45pm. Qualifications will be continued on Saturday from 9:00am – 12:15pm, which will immediately be followed by alliance selections. Playoffs will then be held from 1:30pm – 4:30pm, and awards will be given out from 5:45pm – 6:15pm. We hope to see you at the event.  For the live stream to the event click here.  

Northern Lights 2017

Alea before Bag and Tag

Northern Lights Regional Wrap-Up

The Northern Lights Regional came to a conclusion yesterday. We had a great alliance, but after two intense finals matches, Alliance 2, with Teams 2509 Tigerbots, 3130 ERRORs, 6613 Gogebic Range Robotics, was victorious. Well played to both alliances, and thanks again to teams 876 Thunder Robotics and 27 Team RUSH for being great alliance teammates.

Although we didn’t win, we received a Wild Card as the captain of the finalist alliance, and will be going to the World Championship in St. Louis!

We are also proud to have taken home the Spirit Award.

The Daredevils are also proud to announce our team member and Safety Captain Olivia N. as Dean’s List Finalist, along with Harrison K. from Owatonna. Congrats, we are proud of you!

Stay tuned for the Iowa Regional!


Below the slideshow are all award results from the Northern Lights Regional. Congrats to their recipients!

2017 Northern Lights Regional Award Recipients

Chairman’s Award
Team 876  Thunder Robotics 

Team 2509 Tigerbots, Team 3130 (ERRORs 3130), Team 6613 (Gogebic Range Robotics)

Team 2512 (Duluth East Daredevils), Team 27 (Team RUSH 27), Team 876 (Thunder Robotics)

Engineering Inspiration
Team 2502 Talon Robotics

Woodie Flowers Finalist
Russ Meyers (Duluth East Daredevils)

Dean’s List Finalists
Olivia N. (Duluth East Daredevils) and Harison K. (Owatonna)

Rookie All-Star Award
Team 6758  Otternauts

Highest Rookie Seed
Team 6613  Gogebic Range Robotics

Excellence in Engineering
Team 3026  FRC Team 3026: Orange Crush Robotics

Innovation in Control
Team 2987  Rogue Robotics

UL Safety Award
Team 5172  Gator Robotics

Judges’ Award
Team 2202  BEAST Robotics

Industrial Design
Team 525  Swartdogs

Gracious Professionalism
Team 4859  BHS Robotics

Quality Award
Team 2491  No Mythic

Rookie Inspiration
Team 6613  Gogebic Range Robotics

Entrepreneurship Award
Team 27  Team RUSH

Creativity Award
Team 2175   The Fighting Calculators

Team Spirit Award
Team 2512  Duluth East Daredevils

Imagery Award
Team 4786  Nicolet FEAR

Alliance and Playoffs






After an intense round of qualifying matches, the Daredevils ended in 4th place overall. We politely declined an alliance invitation from Team 2987 Rogue Robotics, and formed an alliance with Teams 876 Thunder Robotics, and 27 Team RUSH.

The Daredevils are honored to be the alliance captain, and excited for the Playoffs. Match results will be posted to the Northern Lights Update page. Below is a bracket with all eight alliances and all competing teams.

Good luck to all teams!

Woodie Flowers Finalist – Russ Meyers

The Duluth East Daredevils are proud to announce our fabrication mentor Russ Meyers as the Woodie Flowers Finalist at the Northern Lights Regional!

Russ has been a mentor since 2010, and provided the team with materials and facilities beyond what was available to them. He has been an inspiration to team members and mentors since, and we are honored to have him on board.

Thanks, and congratulations to you, Russ. You are truly deserving.



2016 Northern Lights

See us in action! Click on the button below for the live broadcast of the 2016 Northern Lights Regional Competition. Match schedule is subject to change, and may be affected by delays and setup.

Live Broadcast Match SchedulesMatch Results





Lake Superior Regional Competition

Exciting End to Week One

The Daredevils as a whole, experienced our largest success at the Northern Lights Regional this past Saturday. Placing second overall after making it into the Final Matches, we walked away with a total of four other regional awards. Aside from placing second, the Daredevils’ own Coach, Tim Velner, was awarded the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award which recognizes a model mentor, and co-captain, Anna Karas, was recognized with the Dean’s List Finalist Award, which recognizes a model student. We were also honored with the Team Spirit Award for the second year in a row at the Northern Lights Regional.

To top it all off, we ended the competition with the Regional Chairman’s Award, which honors a team that best represents a model FRC Team, embodying the purpose and goals of FIRST. After having only submitted this several times since our founding, and years of outreach, and hours of work, we were finally able to pull together as a team, and reel in the most prestigious award in the FIRST Robotics community at the regional level. This now means that our team will be able to attend the 2015 World Championship in St. Louis, MO, for a chance to compete at the world level. While there will be stiff competition, we are honored that we were given this amazing opportunity to compete beyond just robot merit.

Congratulations to all of the participating teams, and good luck at future competitions! We also extend our congratulations to the winning alliance of the Northern Lights Regional.

Double DECCer Kicks Off

Beginning on February 26, the Northern Lights and Lake Superior Regionals attracted 123 teams to the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). The first day of competition involved qualifying matches in which teams competed with and against each other in an effort to raise their average score as high as possible. The regional was early in the season, week one in fact, so most teams had little experience with official matches and on-field obstacles. “It was a learning experience”, said Duluth East Daredevils’ Programmer Troy Martin. “All the teams learned how to cooperate with other robots, and the value of the Coopertition points to both sides”. While most teams had a decent idea of their strategies at the beginning of the regional, many plans changed throughout the day after experiencing more of the game and its challenges. The excitement made for a memorable first day at the Double DECCer Regionals.

2015 Northern Lights Regional and Webcast

See us in action! Click on the button below for the live broadcast of the 2015 Northern Lights Regional Competition, match schedules, team rankings, and competition times. Match results will not be provided this year due to the nature of the game. “Scores” on this page will now consist of point value, followed by whether our team rank went up or down. Check out today’s team blog further down on the page.

Keep in mind that the match schedule is often behind or early. If you are looking for a specific match, look for the current match number on the live broadcast and compare it to your desired match’s number.

If you are looking for the Lake Superior Regional, we have provided a link for that below as well.

Live BroadcastMatch Schedules

Team Rankings





Lake Superior Regional Competition






Team 2512′s Friday Matches:

  •  9:54 a.m. #8 (Blue Alliance) 47 rank up
  •  11:23 a.m. #20 (Blue Alliance) 34 rank up
  • 1:05 p.m. #26 (Red Alliance) 96 rank up
  •  1:47 p.m. #32 (Red Alliance) 50 rank down
  • 3:11 p.m. #44 (Blue Alliance) 70 rank up
  • 4:21 p.m. #54 (Blue Alliance) 51 rank down

Saturday Matches:

  • 9:21 a.m. #67 (Red Alliance) 50 rank down
  • 10:45 a.m. #79 (Red Alliance) 106 rank up
  • 11:41 a.m. #87 (Blue Alliance) 98 rank up

 Elimination Matches:

  • Quarterfinal 1: 86 rank up
  • Quarterfinal 2: 102 rank up
  • Semifinal 1: 126 rank up
  • Semifinal 2: 108 rank up
  • Final Match 1: 127 rank down
  • Final Match 2: 109 rank down

The Duluth East Daredevils made the Elimination Rounds as the 8th seed and were picked by Gator Robotics, Team 5172 from Greenbush/Middle River, MN. Together we selected our third alliance partner, Nicolet FEAR, Team 4786 of Glendale,WI. We made it all the way into the Final Matches ending in second place. Congratulations to all teams involved!

Double DECCer Coverage

BlueDevil Press is a collaboration between the Duluth East Daredevils and Blue Twilight. It will be the official media source for all news related to the Lake Superior and Northern Lights Regionals. Look for articles in the Duluth News Tribune, read online, and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter.

Double DECCer Housing

As teams make their competition and travel plans for the 2015 Double DECCer Regionals (aka. the Northern Lights and Lake Superior Regionals), we ask that you support our team and our newest sponsor, ZMC Hotels, by considering staying at one of their local establishments. These include the Edgewater Hotel and Water Park, the Days Inn, or the Inn on Lake Superior.

Just be sure to mention that you’re a FIRST Robotics Team upon making your reservations.