First place Elks Hoop Shoot hoopsters, from left: Alyson Reiff 1st Place 12-13 Girls; Olivia Shearer 1st place 10-11 Girls; Abby Lancaster 1st Place 8-9 Girls; Tyler Barnhart 1st Place 8-9 Boys; Mitchell Wilson 1st place 10-11.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 recently held its annual Hoop Shoot at the Indian Springs Middle School Gymnasium.
Local winners from the three county school systems were in attendance, with the winners of this contest advancing to the District event to be held in January of 2012.
Over three million boys and girls are expected to compete in this yearâ€™s Elks National Free Throw Contest (Hoop Shoot).
Each boy and girl has a chance to advance from the local contest to district, state, and regional competitions with six national champions to be named at the National Finals held in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Each of the national winnersâ€™ names will be inscribed on a plaque in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.