Principals may heat up North-South rivalry

November 03, 1998

Principals raceBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

The friendly rivalry between the South Hagerstown High School Rebels and the North High Hubs might heat up a little when the schools' principals race to the goal line during Friday's final football game of the season.

North Hagerstown Principal David Reeder, 41, said he is confident of his chances of victory against South High Principal Michael Shockey, 50, in Friday's halftime race at the South Hagerstown High School stadium.

"I know I can beat him," Reeder said.

"Don't be so sure about that," responded Shockey.

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The administrators will take their marks at the 50 yard line and when the whistle blows, they'll run to the goal line. The first to cross it wins.


Reeder and Shockey came up with the idea for the race while working out together at a Hagerstown gym.

The two, eager to increase school spirit and attendance at sporting events, decided that a little humiliation might be necessary.

"We're just trying to stimulate good-hearted interest," said Reeder.

The two schools will share the gate receipts for the final game of the season.

Standing 6 feet tall and weighing in at 230 pounds, Reeder said he has a natural advantage over South High's Shockey, who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.

Shockey said, however, that he is a recreational runner, and therefore likely to win.

Reeder said he would not be above some tripping or tussling if that's what it takes to win.

"We both have trainers helping us," said Shockey.

"We had the idea at first to come to each other's school during a pep rally and get the kids all fired up. We want to play up the light-hearted rivalry and get in each other's faces," said Reeder.

"We want the kids to come to the games and get fired up to support the school," said Shockey.

Shockey estimates that about 250 people attend the South High events.

Reeder said normal attendance at his school's football games is around 150.

The North High principal said average attendance for the North-South game is between 700 and 900.

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