Six champions heading to Montana State contest
DILLON — Six young shooters claimed championships at the Elks South District Hoop Shoot free throw contest Saturday at the Straugh Gymnasium.
The list includes Butte’s Miles Choquette, who won the boys’ 10-11 age group. Choquette sank 18 free throws and then knocked down 4 out of 5 shots to edge Anaconda’s Rylie Estes in a shootout. Estes sank two shots in the shoot off. (Results)
The winners of each age group advance to the Montana State contest Feb. 5 at Park County High School in Livingston.
Koby MacDonald of Deer Lodge won the boys’ 8-9 age group, while Clancy’s Danny Connors hit 22 shots to edge Butte’s Joshua Sutton in the boys’ 12-13 age group. Sutton hit 21 shots.
Quinn Feenstra of Dillon won the girls’ 8-9 group in a shootout with Butte’s Keelie Shad. Feenstra sank 14 free throws and then three extra shots, beating Shad by one.
Bridgid Mehrens of Anaconda won the girls’ 10-11 age group, and Brianna Layng of Boulder won the girls’ 12-13 group.
The contestants who participated at the District Hoop Shoot Contest were crowned champions at their local Lodge contest within the Montana South District, comprised of Anaconda No. 239, Butte No. 240, Deer Lodge No. 1737, Dillon No. 1554 and Helena No. 193.
The six Montana State Champions will advance to the Regional Contest in Rapid City, South Dakota on March 12. The National Finals is set for April 30 in Chicago.
The names of all the national winners are engraved on plaques at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
This program is totally sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the U.S.A. It is endorsed by hundreds of school systems around the country. The Elks fund the program primarily through its National Foundation and the support of the local lodges and state associations.
The Elks Hoop Shoot began as a local program by Corvallis Oregon Elks in 1946, is in its 50th year of national competition. More than 3 million boys and girls are expected to participate this year. In the past, Montana has crowned several National Champions.