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Boy Scouts compete in pinewood derby (Video)

By By Caty Hirst - CHIRST@VICAD.COM
Feb. 16, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.

Finalists, from left, William Howard, Luke Ridley  and Daniel Drastata stand with their derby cars at the District Pinewood Derby in the Victoria Mall. William Howard went on to win the championship.

Webelo Winners

• First place: Jayden Shilling

• Second place: Parker Jackson

• Third place: Ashton Hill

Bear Winners

•  First place: Daniel Drastata

• Second place: Jacob Decker

• Third place: Braden Mendoza

Wolf Winners

•  First place: William Howard

• Second place: Jon Gonzalez

• Third place: Cobi Kovar

Tiger Winners

• First place: Luke Ridley

• Second place: Giovanni Ruiz

• Third place: Kooper Wilkerson

He picked up his black and blue car, eagerly ran to the racetrack and climbed onto the stool to perfectly line up his 5-ounce racer.

Tiger Cub Scout Luke Ridley, 7, leaned down until he was eye level with the track, gently settling the car into a race that would last only seconds on the 40-foot ramp.

He paid attention to the details, he said, because he came to the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby on Saturday to win.

"I just wished it would go faster. I wanted it to go faster," Luke said, describing his special strategy in sweeping first place in the Tiger division.

Luke made the pinewood race car with his dad, who did the sawing and painting.

"I picked out the colors and sanded," Luke said, proud of his car with the tiger stickers and excited to be one of the best.

Luke and the other division winners again painstakingly aligned their cars for the final race - the Overall Championship Race between the Tigers, Wolfs, Bears and Webelos.

As the four cars shot down the track, four anxious faces waited at the finish line, hoping to be named the District Pinewood Derby Grand Champion.

With 112 scouts entered into the race at Victoria Mall, Gary Ford, district commissioner for the Boy Scouts, said the competition was steep.

And when 7-year-old William Howard, winner of the Wolf Division, was announced the overall winner, he said it was because it was his "idea to make my car go fast."

Pauline Ridley, Luke's mom, said win or lose, her sons, including 9-year-old Dakota Ridley entered in the Bear Division, came to have fun.

"I was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was so nervous. I didn't think I would be that nervous," Ridley said, adding they will find a special spot in Luke's room for his trophy and winning pinewood car.

Scott Cook, scout master of Troop 104 in Victoria, said he runs the event to make sure the kids have fun.

"We make it a production so it is special for the kids. ... We want them to have an experience and to make a memory to take home," Cook said.

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