The Elks Northeast District Hoop Shoot contest — which represents Elks in Hermiston Lodge #1845, Heppner Lodge #358, Milton-Freewater Lodge #2146, Hood River Lodge #1507, The Dalles Lodge #303, Condon Lodge #1869, Enterprise Lodge #1829 and Baker Lodge #338 — was held Jan. 5 in Hermiston. There were 34 kids representing seven of the lodges that competed at the district contest. The local age group winners included:
Boys 8-9: 1 Cooper Stefani (Heppner, 17/30) won in shoot off; Girls 8-9: 1 Ciciley Stefani (Heppner, 16/25).
Boys 10-11: 1 Christian Sanchez-Lamas (Hermiston, 16/25), 3 Brody McDaniel (Heppner, 16/30); Girls 10-11: 3 Healy Hisler (Heppner, 11/25)
Boys 12-13: 3 Mason Orem (Heppner, 17/30); Girls 12-13: 3 Araceli Madrigal (Hermiston, 14/30)
The first place contestant in each age group will compete at the State Elks Hoop Shoot contest Feb. 8 in Silverton. The winner in each age group will move on to compete at the regional contest in March in Pasco — these kids will shoot free throws against winners from the Elks Area 8 states of Alaska, Washington and Idaho. Regional winners will then complete at the national level in Chicago.
For more information about the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Hermiston Elks Lodge will host an open house Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be available.
People are invited to learn what Elks lodges do for our communities, youths and veterans. For questions, call David Downing at 541-571-1089.