The Presque Isle Elks, Lodge # 1954, on Saturday, January 13, 2018,  will host its annual Lodge Championship Hoop Shoot foul shooting contest for area youth ages 8 through 13 years, at the Wieden Hall Gymnasium of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

William Sewall, the Hoop Shoot chairman of the Presque Isle Elks for over the past 35 years explained that, “All of the competitors on Saturday, January 13, will have already won in their age categories and divisions at their local school or recreation program’s Hoop Shoot competition.  The three age categories for contestants are ages 8 and 9; ages 10 and 11; and ages 12 and 13 years for both boys and girls divisions.”

Registration for the young competitors from throughout Central Aroostook, namely Ashland, Caribou, Easton, Limestone, Mapleton, Mars Hill, Presque Isle, New Sweden, Washburn, and Woodland, will begin at 8:00 a.m. in order for the contest to get underway at 9:00 a.m.,

Hoop Shoot is a national foul shooting competition for youth sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In two separate rounds, contestants each attempt a total of 25 foul shots. The foul shooter in each age category and division who has the greatest number of successful shots is the winner.  In the event of a tie, shoot-offs of five additional foul shot attempts by each of the tied competitors are held until a winner emerges. The winners in each age category and division are then eligible to compete in the District-wide Hoop Shoot to be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the James Doughty School in Bangor.   A State-wide, New England and national Hoop Shoot competitions follow.

The Elks Hoop Shoot competition is exciting to watch and  admission is free to the public on Saturday at Wieden Hall.

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