Elks Hoop Shoot Returns

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Area children are invited to try their hand at the annual Elks Hoop Shoot.

This year’s free event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at St. Maries High School gymnasium. The contest is for ages 8 to 13.

Eligibility to participate is determined by the age the child will be on April 1, 2015. If the contestant will be age seven on April 1, he or she is too young too participate. If the contestant will be age 14 on April 1, he or she is too old to participate.

Local children are invited to participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot Nov. 23 so they should start practicing now. Pictured here are organizers Jim McCuaig and Bryan Chase and some local basketball players including Trista Janssen, Chandra Renner, Sami Badgett, Gracie Barden, Ashlyn Buell and Hope Aasgard.

Local children are invited to participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot Nov. 23 so they should start practicing now. Pictured here are organizers Jim McCuaig and Bryan Chase and some local basketball players including Trista Janssen, Chandra Renner, Sami Badgett, Gracie Barden, Ashlyn Buell and Hope Aasgard.

“The children that want to participate will need to bring proof of their age to register,” said Jim McCuaig of the Elks. “This can be in the form of a birth certificate or whatever.”

Each competitor will have 25 shots. The individual who makes the most shots of 25 will be the winner of their age group. There are three age groups.

“The winner will then have the chance to compete at the regional level in Lewiston in January and then if they do well they can go on to compete at the state level in February in Blackfoot,” Mr. McCuaig said. “Then there is also a national competition.”

Mr. McCuaig said it is a fun experience for the children that do compete.

“Those who have participated before have gotten quite a kick out of it,” he said.

Bryan Chase is heading up the effort this year, Mr. McCuaig said, with the help of Dwaine Sieler and the support of the Elks Lodge and local basketball teams.

For more information, visit www.elks.org/hoopshoot.

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