Scouts, families let created cars roll at recent Pinewood Derby

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Using precision and focus, Boy Scout Oliver Tasset, left, prepares to let two derby cars take off during the Pinewood Derby event Saturday, an annual and traditional favorite of both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. The Cub Scouts raced cars, while the Boy Scouts helped run derby operations. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Using precision and focus, Boy Scout Oliver Tasset, left, prepares to let two derby cars take off during the Pinewood Derby event Saturday, an annual and traditional favorite of both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Cub Scout Charlie Stoller, middle, jumps in the air after his car finishes first in the Pinewood Derby race Saturday. In this round, he competed against fellow scouts Noah Driskill, left, and Reese Lakey. The annual event is a long-held tradition and favorite of the scouts. Stoller fashioned his car after the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard. He won first place in his Wolf Den and second in his Pack. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
In the the Outlaw Race, billed as the race after the race, a serendipitous chain of events led to three Charlies raced each other after the Pinewood Derby event. Unlike the derby, this race had no weight limits or age restrictions, so parents or boys who are not scouts or too young to be scouts, could participate. Charlie Phaneuf sets his derby car on the track to get it ready for the race, then Phaneuf's son, Charlie, sat his homemade car alongside his dad's. Finally, Charlie Stoller, whose General Lee car placed second out of the Pack in the derby, dueled the Outlaw participants. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Troop 76 Scoutmaster Roy Edmondson, left, readies scouts' cars for the first race of the Pinewood Derby racing event Saturday at the Cassville Primary school. About 25 scouts made their own homemade cars out of blocks of pinewood in the weeks leading up to the race. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Cub Scouts Lucas Parker, Connor Annecharico and Charlie Stoller, all from Pack 76, proudly show off the trophies they won along with their hand-made derby cars, which proved to be the fastest and won first, second and third place out of their entire pack. Parker's car placed first, Stoller's car second and Annecharico's car third. The boys were also given a ribbon pin. All boys who raced were given a participation ribbon and derby patch. Winning Cub Scouts who will go on to compete at the district competition next month in Neosho include: Tigers Alex Stouder, first, and Eric Worley, second; Wolves Charlie Stoller, first, Noah Driskill, second, and Johnny Baker, third; Bears Connor Annecharico, first, Victor Sutton, second, and Thomas Parker, third. First-year Webelos Den 2 are Lucas Parker, first, Leonel Milan-Gomez, second, and Preson Johnson, third. Second-year Webelos Den 1 are Hunter Annecharico, first, Austin Revolorio Muise and Benny Hamilton. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Cub Scout Reese Lakey, front middle, watches as his derby car whizzes across the finish line ahead of the others, while fellow scout Johnny Baker watches, sharing the excitement of the moment. About 25 boys participated in the traditional pinewood derby event, which has been a long-held favorite of the scouts. The boys personally design and build their own cars out of a raw blocks of pinewood. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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