ELKS HOOP SHOOT COMPETITION UNDERWAY
The Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks were again sponsors of the Elks annual student free-throw contest. The Hoop Shoot Competition is a basketball free throw contest for children who shoot the best out of twenty-five attempts. Local winners move up to District competitions with an opportunity to advance to State and National contests. National winners have their names enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield Massachusetts.
(L to R): District Hoop shoot Chairman Rick Ross, 2nd place District winner Jake Woodall & family with Lodge Hoop Shoot Chairman Dan Hernandez
The local contest was held on Sunday December 4th, at the Mission Viejo High School gym. Participants competed in three divisions. They are divisions for boys 8/9 years old, 10/11 years, 12/13 years, and for girls 8/9 years old, 10/11 years & 12/13 years.The following students entered the competition: girls - Nicole Dizon 10 from Rancho Santa Margarita who attends Trabuco Mesa Elementary, Sara Asad 11 from Rancho Santa Margarita who attends Robinson Elementary. Boys competing were - Dean Martinez 10 from Cypress, who attends Los Alamitos Elementary, Preston Vaughan 11 from Mission Viejo, who attends Newhart Elementary, Jake Woodall 12 from Laguna Hills, attends La Paz Middle School and Ethan Brown 13 from Mission Viejo, attends Los Aliso Middle School. At the conclusion of the local contest four contestants moved on to the District competition.
(above) Preston Vaughan and proud Grandpa Ollie
The District competition was held at Century High School in Santa Ana on Saturday January 14th. Preston Vaughan placed 3rd, Jake Woodall placed 2nd. The two sharpshooters that took 1st place in their divisions and will be representing the Mission Viejo lodge at the State level, are Nicole Dizon 10 and Ethan Brown 13 who shot 24 out of 25. The state contest will be held February 4th at North High School in Torrance, CA. Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Committee Chairman Daniel Hernandez thanked all the participants and their parents and wished the best of luck to those going on to the State and National competitions.
The Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks are proud to recognize and support the youth of the community with ongoing programs for students, scouts, and athletes. Nationally, over four million dollars in student scholarships are awarded annually.