The Upper Sandusky Elks Lodge No. 83 recently held its annual hoop shoot at the Upper Sandusky Middle School gymnasium.
Six champions, three boys and girls from three age groups, advanced to compete in a district final Sunday in Findlay. They will compete against other winners throughout the northwest district for a berth in the state finals.
In the ages 12-13 competition, Destiny DeFeo and Evan Young were champions. DeFeo was followed by Megan Hensel and Rachael Herring, and Young beat out Trevor Clifford and Levi Malone.
Nadia Morrison and Gavin Carey won the 10-11 division. Amelia Leuthold was second and Ella Orians third for the girls, and Brett Montgomery and Zach Sheafer were second and third, respectively, for the boys.
In the 8-9 division, Jackson Smalley and Bailey Tanner advanced. Tanner made it over Bridgette Swavel and Kaylin Shock, and Smalley was followed by Ethan Collins and Alexander Putnam.
The Upper Sandusky High School girls basketball team assisted the event.
The Elks Hoop Shoot began as a local program in Oregon in 1946 and is in its 42nd year of national competition. More than 3 million boys and girls are expected to participate this year.