Braxton Bright finished in first place, Kaleb Vanwinkle in second place and Dalton Bien in third place in the Boys 8-9 Division of Apache Junction Elks Lodge No. 2349's annual Hoop Shoot Contest.
It was held Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center. The free-throw contest open to boys and girls ages 8 to 13 years old was free to all contestants, according to a release.
Other winners were:
Beginning at the Apache Junction level, winning contestants advance through the District, State, Regional and National competitions. More than 150 kids competed in preliminary competitions with 26 advancing and competing in the local competition. Apache Junction winners will advance to the District Contest on Jan. 25 in Chandler.
The preliminary contests were coordinated by the physical education teachers at schools in the Apache Junction Unified School District.
"The Apache Junction Elks Lodge No. 2349 would like to thank Ms. Rumple and Mr. Schroeder at Desert Vista Elementary School, Ms. Parker at Four Peaks Elementary School, Ms. Savolt at Peralta Trail Elementary School, and Ms. Grant and Mr. Rumple at Cactus Canyon Junior High School for all their support of the Elks Hoop Shoot program," the release states.
The Apache Junction Elks Lodge No. 2349 would also like to thank the City of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department for their support and hosting the competition at the Multi-Generational Center.
The Elks National Hoop Shoot program is fully funded by the Elks National Foundation Inc. A 501(c)3 public charity, the Elks National Foundation helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, serve veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. For more information on the ENF, go to elks.org/enf.