On Saturday, Jan. 9, the Barnesville Elks Lodge #1699 held its 38th annual Local Hoop Shoot Competition at the Barnesville Elementary School. The participants advanced to the Local Competition by winning their respective School contests.
First and second-place trophies were awarded to one boy and one girl in each of the three age categories: ages 8-9; 10-11; and 12-13.
The six first place winners now advance to the district finals at Dover Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, where they will compete with other winners from throughout the area.
Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Allison DeLaney (12-13 year old First Place), Hunter Miller (8-9 year old First Place), Caitlyne Arden (12-13 year old Runner-up), Hannah Swallie (10-11 year old Runner-up), and Kayla Logston (10-11 year old First Place and Best Shot overall for the Girls division). In the back row are David Paulick (10-11 year old Runner-up), Dylan Potter (8-9 year old Runner-up), Jared Kernen (8-9 year old First Place), Hunter George (10-11 year old First Place), Colten Strauss (12-13 year old Runner-up) and Cody Logston (12-13 year old First Place and Best Shot overall for Boys division).
The winners will continue to advance to the State, Regional, and ultimately the National Competition in Springfield, Mass., in April.
The Elks "Hoop Shoot" is a national free throw shooting contest where boys and girls ages 8-13 compete by shooting 25 free throws for score. More than 3 million boys and girls are expected to participate this year.