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.