Through the Elks National Foundation, the charitable arm of the Elks, the Elks run programs that support youth, serve veterans and meet local needs.
Since 1974, the Hoop Shoot has been fully funded by the Elks National Foundation.
Through the Elks Hoop Shoot, youth ages 8 to 13 compete to sink the most of 25 free throws.
The contest begins at the local lodge level and winners advance through district, state and regionals, culminating at the National Finals in Chicago.
Of the 72 national finalists who compete at the national finals, six will be named national champions and will have their names permanently inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
This is the first year that Johnson County has hosted an Elks Hoop Shoot.
Four area schools sent students with a total of 44 competing.
Winners for girls ages 8 – 9
3rd place – Emma Rogers; 2nd Place – Suhmer Daubert; and 1st Place – Breanna Suits.
Winners for girls ages 10-11
3rd place – Kalyn-Rae Fritch; 2nd place – Larrah Miller; and 1st place – Ayva Rush.
Winners for girls ages 12-13
3rd place – Ellie Maxwell; 2nd place – Maddie Thornton; and 1st place – Jasily Westerfield.
Winners for boys ages 8-9
3rd place – Braedon Hurst; 2nd place – Cole Tripp; and 1st place – Adrian Ford.
Winners for boys ages 10 -11
3rd place- Cole Sampson; 2nd place – Landon Webb; and 1st place- Owen Treat.
Winners for boys ages 12-13
3rd place – Noel Peas; 2nd place – Brayden Davis; and 1st place – AJ Johnson.
All first place winners will compete at the District Hoop Shoot on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School.