Na­tional Hoop Shoot con­tin­ues

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The Elks Na­tional Foun­da­tion's 42nd Na­tional Hoop Shoot free-throw con­test is un­der way. Anita and Larry Denny of the Cov­ing­ton Elks vis­ited New­ton County el­e­men­tary schools to pass out in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram. Ten schools had ac­tive pro­grams.

The Cov­ing­ton Elks hosted all the con­tes­tants at the new New­ton High School gym on Jan. 19 for the "lodge level'' of com­pe­ti­tion, with Ray Ed­wards as chair­man.

The next level, the North­east District con­test, will be Jan. 25, also at New­ton High School, with Jack Wheeler as di­rec­tor. Lo­cal first-place win­ners, both boys and girls, will com­pete against win­ners from three other dis­tricts in Ge­or­gia. Fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, a lunch and awards pre­sen­ta­tion will be held at the Cov­ing­ton Elks Lodge, and tro­phies will be awarded to first- and sec­ond-place win­ners in each di­vi­sion and age group.

For boys and girls, the age di­vi­sions are: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13.

Lo­cal win­ners com­pet­ing are: boys 8-9, Ja'Fari B. Law, Rocky Plains Ele­men­tary, first place, and An­dre Wil­liams, Live Oak Ele­men­tary, sec­ond; girls 8-9. Bai­ley Love, East New­ton Ele­men­tary, first, and Kendyl Mad­dox, Live Oak, sec­ond; boys 10-11, Cade Sadler, Liv­ingston Ele­men­tary, first, and Trevon Scott, Live Oak, sec­ond; girls 1011, Iy­nesna Chap­man, Live Oak, first, and Jashanti Collins, Liv­ing­ton, sec­ond; and boys 12-13, Chris­tian Davis, Flint Hill Ele­men­tary, cham­pion, and An­to­nio Jenk­ins, Por­terdale Ele­men­tary, sec­ond.

The Cov­ing­ton Elks ap­pre­ci­ate and ac­knowl­edge the help of lo­cal el­e­men­tary schools and Gary Roberts, who opened the gym for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Na­tional cham­pi­ons and their par­ents will re­ceive free trips to the Elks Na­tional Con­ven­tion in July in New Or­leans.

Sub­mit­ted photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

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