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Based on what PHRED mentor Tom Thompson told me during an interview this morning, it appears that Philomath would be a longshot as a future site of a robotics tournament.

Two years ago, I covered a robotics tournament at PHS and also wrote a blog about the experience, expressing the hope that it would return to our local venue in the future.

"I think the growth happens to be north ... I think they've looked at it," Thompson said. "Right now, each of the Oregon events hosts about 36 teams. ... One of the reasons they decided not to host further south is because so many teams are up in the metro Portland, southwest Washington area. We have a bunch around Corvallis but they get kinda sparse the more south you go."

It can't be ruled out in the future, of course, but Thompson said hosting a qualifying tournament is a lot of work and Philomath has limited resources at this time. Basically, it appears to make more sense to have a handful of teams from the outlying areas travel to the robotics-heavy metro vicinity. This year, Philomath competed in qualifiers at Wilsonville and Lake Oswego and in the regional tournament at Portland.

Look for a story on PHRED's season in the April 25 edition.

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