The Elks “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks Lodges. More than three million boys and girls, ages 8-13, will participate this year. The Elks “Hoop Shoot” highlights the Elks commitment to America’s youth. From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named ā€” one boy and one girl in each of three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Parents accompany contestants throughout the competition. The parents of finalists at the state, regional and national levels attend the competitions as guests of the Elks.

2017 KY Elks Hoop Shoot

The 2017 West District Hoop Shoot was held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Madisonville. Each contestant shoots 25 free throws, with ties broken by sets of five tiebreaker free throws. The District winners were:

  • Girls 8-9: Brooklyn Naranjo, Paducah #217 – 19 shots made, 4 tiebreaker shots
  • Boys 8-9: Grayson Coughlin, Henderson #206 – 23 shots made
  • Girls 10-11: Justice Midyett, Paducah #217 – 20 shots made
  • Boys 10-11: Blake Bard, Princeton #1115 – 23 shots made
  • Girls 12-13: Lilli Clinard, Paducah #217 – 22 shots made
  • Boys 12-13: Dru Lovell, Henderson #206 – 23 shots made

The 2017 East District Hoop Shoot was held on Saturday, January 14, in Cynthiana. The District results were as follows:

8-9 Girls

  • Isabella Jayasuriya, Newport #273 – 17 shots made, 4 tiebreaker shots
  • Maya Tully, Florence #314 – 17 shots made, 2 tiebreaker shots
  • Carley Boyd, Ashland #350 – 15 shots made
  • Emma Hamm, Cynthiana #438 – 8 shots made

8-9 Boys

  • Grayden Shirmer, Newport #273 – 21 shots made
  • Brady Irwin, Florence #314 – 20 shots made
  • Simon Jenkins, Cynthiana #438 – 16 shots made
  • Alex Maynard, Ashland #350 – 13 shots made

10-11 Girls

  • Georgia Hungler, Florence #314 – 12 shots made
  • Katie Switzer, Cynthiana #438 – 11 shots made
  • Ali Powell, Newport #273 – 8 shots made

10-11 Boys

  • Tamely Smith, Ashland #350 – 20 shots made
  • Tripp Nichols Cynthiana #438 – 18 shots made
  • Preston Winiger, Florence #314 – 16 shots made
  • Landen Rhodes, Frankfort #530 – 9 shots made

12-13 Girls

  • Kayleigh Dunn, Newport #273 – 14 shots made
  • Katie Graves, Florence #314- 12 shots made, 4 tiebreaker shots
  • Abagail Meek, Ashland #350- 12 shots made, 2 tiebreaker shots
  • Emerson Sexton, Cynthiana #438- 11 shots made

12-13 Boys

  • Robbie Verst, Newport #273- 24 shots made
  • Ryan Atkins, Ashland #350- 22 shots made
  • Cason Wright, Cynthiana #438
  • Lyndon Moore, Frankfort #530 – 18 shots made