On Sunday, Jan. 20, the Lake Oconee Elks Lodge held its annual Hoop Shoot contest for children ages 8 to 13 at Lake Oconee Academy. The Elks National "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest is one of the largest of many youth activities sponsored by Elks Lodges. More than 3,000,000 boys and girls ages 8 to 13 will participate this year. It highlights the Elks commitment to America's youth. From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through the local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named.
A boy and a girl in each of three categories, 8/9 year olds; 10/11 year olds; and 12/13 year olds. The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Those youngsters that took home second place at the Jan. 20 contest are: 8/9 year girls - Olivia Robinson; 8/9 year boys - Malcolm Ainslie; 10/11 year girls - Riley Roberts; 10/11 year boys - Asimyeon Stephens; 12/13 year girls - Corrine Rudolph; 12/13 year boys - Walker Roberts.
The first place winners at the Jan. 20 contest are: 8/9 year girls - Emily O’Neal; 8/9 year boys - Dreylon Brown; 10/11 year girls - Makinley Lancaster; 10/11 boys - Ty Tillery; 12/13 year girls - Jayden Young; 12/13 year boys - Javaris Norris.
The first place winners will advance to the district competition that takes place in Covington, Ga. Feb. 9.