LIVINGSTON — Dillon’s Kyler Engellant and Boulder’s Parker Layng won state titles at the Elks Hoop Shoot State Championships Saturday at Sleeping Giant Middle School.
Engellant won the boys’ 10-11 division, while Layng took home the title in the girls’ 8-9 age group.
Engellant, Layng and the four other state champions crowned Saturday will represent Montana in the Regional Semi-Finals in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Saturday, March 10.
The Regional Champions will advance to the National Finals in Chicago on April 21. The names of the national winners are engraved on plaques at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Participants in the state meet qualified by winning local and then district titles.
Layng won the title in a double shoot out. She made 15 shots to advance to a shootout with Miya Hamilton of Columbus and Aubrey Baxter of Thompson Falls. Lang and Hamilton each made 4 out of 5 shots in the first shootout. Lang beat Thompson 4-0 in the second shootout.
Engellant also won in a shootout. After making 23 of 25 shots, Engellant beat Mason Brosseau of Libby 5-4 in the extra frame.
Other state champions are Will Benne of Bozeman (boys 8-9), Kameryn Ketcham of Big Timber (girls 10-11), Bailey Finn of Big Timber (girls 12-13) and Fischer Brown of Belgrade (boys 12-13).
Butte shooter Cade Kelly placed fifth in the boys’ 8-9 age group.
MacKenzie Layng of Boulder placed third in the girls’ 12-13, while Deer Lodge’s Sara Spring took home fifth place in the girls’ 10-11 division. Also, Carson Toivonen of Superior placed third in the boys’ 8-9 age group.
Elks Hoop Shoot State Championships
Parker Layng, Boulder 15*
Miya Hamilton, Columbus 15
Aubrey Baxter, Thompson Falls 15
Breilla Becker, Stanford 13
Venice Torres, Glendive 13
Will Benne, Bozeman 24
Ethan Rivas, Glendive 22
Carson Toivonen, Superior 19
Brody Stewart, Great Falls 18
Cade Kelly, Butte 14
Kameryon Ketcham, Big Timber 20
Sophia Handran, Scobey 18*
Ella Harber, Havre 18
Gabrielle Hannum, Trout Creek 13
Sara Spring, Deer Lodge 8
Kyler Engellant, Dillon 23*
Mason Brosseau, Billings 23
Ryan Beagle, Libby 19
Tyce Smith, Standford 15
John Carney, Scobey 13
Bailey Finn, Big Timber 25
Teryn Gardner, Great Falls 18
MacKenzie Layng, Boulder 17
Avery Chouinard, Kalispell 15
Alexa Reddig, Lustre 11
Fischer Brown, Belgrade 23
Zachary Fantozzi, Libby 22
Braxton Wolfe, Scobey 21
Bo Kelley, Virginia City 20