Mt. Pleasant Cub Scouts compete at Pinewood Derby
By Barbara Denning
Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 2:06 p.m.
Long before the checkered flag dropped, Cub Scouts of America Pack 135 of Mt. Pleasant designed their model cars, and hoped for a win during the Pinewood Derby held recently at the St. Pius X Parish cafeteria in the borough.
The derby was open to Cub Scouts in grades 1-5.
Participants were divided into two divisions — one composed of Tigers and the other made up of Wolves, Bears and Webelos.
Each entrant received a kit including a wooden block, four tires and two axles.
It was up to each of the Scouts to carve, paint and embellish their own cars.
Event guidelines required all cars to weigh under five ounces.
The cars were “really creative, as far as painted and detailed,” said Mark Kelley, committee chairman of Mt. Pleasant Boy Scouts Troop 133.
The race track was approximately 42 feet long. It was constructed of aluminum. Don Seder, Troop 135 Cub Scout Master, said that the track is “more uniform then the wood track, more consistent, so cars glide faster.”
First-, second- and third-place winners were recognized in each division, along with a recipient of the event's “Best Car in Show” award and “Most Original Car”.
It was the first year the “Most Original Car” was recognized.
That car had to be “unique, a little bit different, something that would make one think ‘Wow, I never saw that before,” said James Rega, an Troop 135 assistant Cub Master.
In the Tigers division, Garrett Eicher placed first, Kolton Turek placed second and Caden Sherbondy placed third.
The “Best Car in Show” for Tigers award went to Sherbondy.
In the Wolves/Bears/Webelos Division, Ethan Mates (Webelo) placed first; Braydan Firestone (Bear) placed second; and Samual Dexter (Webelo) placed third.
The “Best Car in Show” award went to Brayden Pease (Wolf).
The “Most Original Car” went to Cameron Specht (Bear).
The first- and second-place winners in both divisions, along with “The Best Car in Show' and “Most Original Car” recipients, will compete in a district-wide Laurel Hill Pinewood Derby to be held Saturday at the Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield.
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