Faith Sjoberg, 11 year-old daughter of Kevin and Susan Sjoberg of Presque Isle, earned the trophy for fifth place in her division at the Elks’ National Hoop Shoot Competition held in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday.

Courtesy of Presque Isle Elks

Faith was competing against eleven other girls, ages 10 and 11, each of whom had won a competition for a large region of the United States.

As the result of a random drawing, Faith had been assigned to shoot eleventh in the twelve-person competition in her division. Faith sank 9 of 10 shots in the first round, missing only her sixth shot. In the second round, competitors shoot fifteen shots for scoring.

The long wait for those drawn to shoot earlier had a noticeable impact upon nearly all of the later-shooting competitors. Despite the long cool-down, Faith was able to sink 11 of her final 15 shots, to finish with a score of 20 out of 25 foul shot attempts.

In order to reach the Elks’ National Hoop Shoot Competition, Faith had won in competitions held at the Presque Isle Middle School, at the Presque Isle Elks Lodge championship held at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, at the Northern District Championship in Bangor, in the State of Maine Championship, and the Elks’ New England Regional Hoop Shoot Championship.

According to Maine State Hoop Shoot Director George Jones, during the Friday practice session, Faith had shot 53 consecutive successful foul shots.

“Because Faith is only eleven years old, she will be eligible to compete in the Hoop Shoot Competition for two more years,” Jones said.

Marion Donahue, Exalted Ruler of Presque Isle Elks, Lodge #1954, said, “Faith is without question a true champion.  She finished fifth in the nation in a competition in which hundreds of thousands of girls her age had competed.  We are all so proud of Faith.”

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