Shooters set to compete at district level

Six boys and six girls ages eight to 13 from New England Public School will compete in the Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest Sunday, Dec. 13.

Front Row (Left to Right) Messa Kuehl, Sophie Olsonawski, Sam Volk, Molly Wolf, Emily Dinius, Angel Erickson. Back Row (Left to Right) Tallen Binstock, Drace Eisenbarth, Matthew Bock, Jess Schulz, Aidan Rebel, Nathan Kaufman. (Photo by Rachel Bock/The Herald)
Front Row (Left to Right) Messa Kuehl, Sophie Olsonawski, Sam Volk, Molly Wolf, Emily Dinius, Angel Erickson. Back Row (Left to Right) Tallen Binstock, Drace Eisenbarth, Matthew Bock, Jess Schulz, Aidan Rebel, Nathan Kaufman. (Photo by Rachel Bock/The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter

The 12 students competed at the local level against 64 of their classmates for a chance to advance to the next level of the competition. The students will compete at the district level at Dickinson High School. The winners from the district competition will advance to the state competition on Jan. 23, 2016 in Jamestown.

The Elks Hoop Shoot is a free throw program that is free to all youth ages 8-13. Over 3 million boys and girls participate in the Hoop Shoot each year. The competition is separated in a boys and girls division and each division is divided by three age groups: ages 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13. The winners of each local division in each age category has a chance at advancing through the district, state, regional, and national competitions. The national competition is held in April, and one boy and one girl winner from each age group have their names inscribed on the Elks National Hoop Shoot plaque, which is on permanent display in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield Massachusetts.

This year the first and second place winners from the local level will be going to Dickinson to participate in the District Competition. The local winners from New England are: Girls 8-9 year old: 1st place Sophie Olsonawski, and 2nd place Messa Kuehl. Girls 10-11 year old: 1st place Molly Wolf, and 2nd place Sam Volk. Girls 12-13 year old: 1st place Emily Dinius, and 2nd place Angel Erickson. Boys 8-9 year old: 1st place Tallen Binstock, and 2nd place Drace Eisenbarth. Boys 10-11 year old: 1st place Matthew Bock, and 2nd place Jess Schulz. Boys 12-13 year old: 1st place Aidan Rebel, and 2nd place Nathan Kaufman.

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