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      Youngsters take on the annual Elks Hoop Shoot

      Young boys and girls from all across the U.P. competed in the Elks Hoop Shoot Saturday. Winners of the local hoop shoots traveled to Escanaba Senior High School for the district finals. Three age groups for both boys and girls competed against each other. This was the 40th annual Elks Hoop Shoot.

      The Elks is a charitable organization. The hoop shoot is only one of many they host in an effort to promote community outreach. There were 52 registered participants.

      "The first place participants advance to the regional competition in Grand Rapids on Feb. 25 of this year," said John Berres, a leading knight.

      After the state competition, winners will compete at the national level.

      The winners are as follows:

      Age Name Hometown Free Throws Made (out of 25)

      8-9 Nicole Kamin Escanaba 19 8-9 Davin Hill Hancock 24 10-11 Taylor Brown L'Anse 23 10-11 Kanton Lauzon Manistique 21 12-13 Alli Gardner Calumet 20 12-13 Derek Mahoski Ishpeming 23