On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Barnesville Elks Lodge #1699 held its 37th annual Local Hoop Shoot Competition at the Barnesville Elementary School. The participants advanced to the Local Competition by winning their respective School contests.

First and second-place trophies were awarded to one boy and one girl in each of the three categories: ages 8-9; 10-11; and 12-13.

The six first place winners now advance to the district finals at Dover Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, where they will compete with other winners from throughout the area.

The winners will continue to advance to the State, Regional, and ultimately the National Competition in Springfield, Mass., in April.

The Elks "Hoop Shoot" is a national free throw shooting contest where boys and girls ages 8-13 compete by shooting 25 free throws for score. More than 3 million boys and girls are expected to participate this year.

Pictured left to right (Front Row) - Katelyn Cox (10-11 year old Runner-up), Mikayla Blackstone (12-13 year old Runner-up), Allison Kuhn (8-9 year old First Place and Best Shot overall for girls division), Abby Briddell (8-9 year old Runner-up), Emily Sleeth (10-11 year old First Place), Taylor Farrabee (12-13 year old First Place)

(Back Row) - J.C. Blackstone (12-13 year old Runner-up), Cody Logston (10-11 year old First Place), Aaron Marovich (8-9 year old First Place), Jacob Keiser (10-11 year old Runner-up), and Aaron Moore (12-13 year old First Place and Best Shot overall for Boys division).