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Problem solved: Lincoln City Rubik’s Cube Club dominates competition

Left to right (grades in parenthesis), Josh Haeckle (7th), Angelo Cruz-Garcia (8th), Kavan Boyd (8th), Eli Jones (8th), Kaysen Marker (8th), Callie Huber (7th), Jay Riggs (7th) and Owen Sorenson (6th). (Photo illustration by Justin Werner)

Eight Lincoln City Rubik’s Cube Club members solved 25 puzzles in three minutes as Taft middle-school students claimed the top three places in Division 2 competition Saturday at the Oregon Regional Rubik’s Cube Challenge in Springfield.

The sixth- through eighth-graders timed out in 3:00.185, 48 seconds faster than last year’s time, Bryan Freschi, Taft middle-school teacher and club director said.

Eighth-grader Kaysen Marker claimed the title in a state-record 18.385 seconds at Hamlin Middle School.

Eighth-grader Eli Jones was second in 27.520, while seventh-grader Josh Haeckle placed third with a personal-best mark of 28.972.

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The Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City helps sponsor the local puzzle-solving club, which also competed earlier this month in the first-ever Taft Cubing Competition at Taft High.

The club, open to students from third to 12th grade, helps local “cubers” overcome puzzling predicaments,

Eva Ahumada is coach of the middle-schoolers, and Ashley Freschi tutors the elementary kids. As a group, they obsess with solving the complex combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Ernõ Rubik, a sculptor and professor from Budapest.

Rubik wanted to help his students understand three-dimensional problems, but took more than a month to solve his own creation. The 54-cube, six-sided “Magic Cube” – “Buvos Kocka” in Hungarian – became the world’s biggest-selling toy.

Email Freschi, computer science and robotics teacher at Taft, at [email protected] to solve any puzzles, er, questions you might have.

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