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Shepherdstown hosts Soap Box Derby event

June 27, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Forty-two cars and drivers rolled down German Street on Saturday as the All-American Soap Box Derby came to town for the first time.

Organizer Ray Miller said in a phone interview that the Shepherdstown version was different because businesses sponsored cars for schools, not for individual drivers.

Schools picked drivers through drawings. Children received extra drawing chances through their achievements and activities in school, Miller said.

Boys and girls living in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties who did not compete in this month's derby in Martinsburg, W.Va., were eligible to race in Shepherdstown.

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Saturday's stock division (driver and car weigh no more than 200 lbs.) winners were:

  • 1st: Ryan Springer, Orchard View Intermediate School in Berkeley County

  • 2nd: Clint Hayes, Gerrardstown Elementary School in Berkeley County

  • 3rd: Michaela Johnston, Pleasant View Elementary School in Morgan County

  • 4th: Terri Wilson, Blue Ridge Elementary School in Jefferson County



The super stock division (driver and car weigh no more than 230 lbs.) winners were:

  • 1st: Cody Petry, Musselman Middle School in Berkeley County

  • 2nd: Jacob Benner, Hedgesville Middle School in Berkeley County

  • 3rd: Zachery Hess, St. Joseph Parish School in Berkeley County

  • 4th: Spenser Praznik, Martinsburg North Middle School in Berkeley County



Ryan and Cody qualified to go to the championship event in Akron, Ohio, on July 30. Miller said American Homes by United Builders LLC is paying for Ryan and Cody to compete in Akron.

Prizes also went to the cars that looked the best:

  • 1st: Cody Petry

  • 2nd: Meredith Blady, Hedgesville Middle School in Berkeley County

  • 3rd: Brandon Fries, Musselman Middle School in Berkeley County
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