Swanton Elks holds Hoop Shoot contest


Lucas Bloom of Swanton won the boys 10-11 age group to advance.


Amber Never of Swanton shoots a free throw at the Hoop Shoot contest hosted by the Swanton Elks held Saturday at Swanton Middle School. Never was crowned champion in the girls 12-13 age group.


Swanton’s Ryan O’Shea won the boys 8-9 age group at the Hoop Shoot contest on Saturday.


The Swanton Elks held their annual Hoop Shoot contest at the Swanton Middle School on Saturday morning and crowned five champions who will now move on to the district competition which will be held in January at the University of Findlay.

Elks Hoop Shoot is a basketball free throw contest that began at a local Elks Club in Corvallis, Oregon in 1946 and became fully national in 1971. It involves girls and boys in three different age groups, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13 and attracts over three million participants annually.

The local effort, headed by long time Swanton Elks member Dutch Heath, involved kids from Delta, Evergreen, Liberty Center and Swanton area schools, including Holy Trinity and St. Richards.

After a preliminary practice round, each shooter took 25 consecutive shots with those making the most attempts being declared the winner.

Local winners include the following:

Boys 8-9 – Brady O’Shea of Swanton

Girls 10-11 – Gracie Miller of Liberty Center

Boys 10-11 – Lucas Bloom of Swanton

Girls 12-13 – Amber Never of Swanton

Boys 12-13 – Emmet Perry of Liberty Center

If successful in Findlay, shooters will move on to the state competition in Columbus and potentially to the regional in Indianapolis and onto the national stage in Chicago.

In addition to trophies and scholarships, all national winners will have their names permanently inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Lucas Bloom of Swanton won the boys 10-11 age group to advance.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2015/11/web1_LBloom.jpgLucas Bloom of Swanton won the boys 10-11 age group to advance.

Amber Never of Swanton shoots a free throw at the Hoop Shoot contest hosted by the Swanton Elks held Saturday at Swanton Middle School. Never was crowned champion in the girls 12-13 age group.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2015/11/web1_Never.jpgAmber Never of Swanton shoots a free throw at the Hoop Shoot contest hosted by the Swanton Elks held Saturday at Swanton Middle School. Never was crowned champion in the girls 12-13 age group.

Swanton’s Ryan O’Shea won the boys 8-9 age group at the Hoop Shoot contest on Saturday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2015/11/web1_O-Shea.jpgSwanton’s Ryan O’Shea won the boys 8-9 age group at the Hoop Shoot contest on Saturday.