ADA — Ada Elks Lodge held the Pontotoc County competition of the Elks National Hoop Shoot Contest Saturday in the Ada Middle School east gym.

Hoop Shoot is a free throw contest. The shooter that makes the most of 25 attempts is the winner.

Divisions for Pontotoc County youngsters ages 8-13 competed in three age groups.

In the 8-9 girls contest, Alissa White, Byng, won with a 7-of-25 performance. Jesse LeFever, Latta, and MacKenzie Davis, Homer, tied for second with 6. LeFever won second in the tiebreaker.

In the boy’s contest, John Stacy, Washington, took the title with 16-of-25, while Tanton Eldred, Roff, took the silver with 11.

In the 10-11 girls contest, there was a three-way tie for first place between Lauren Trimmer, Roff, Sarah Barnett, Vanoss, and Jamie Gibson, Stratford. Each made 12-of-25. In the shoot-off, Trimmer took the gold and Barnett finished second.

There was also a tie for first place in the boy’s competition between Conner Hicks, Vanoss, and Carter Kessinger, Latta. Hicks came out the winner in the tiebreaker.

In the 12-13 age group, Summer Stinchcomb, Ada Junior High, and Michael Stick, Allen, both were 19-of-25 to win their titles. Stinchcomb beat Byng’s Tatum Hill by one free throw, and Stick bested Latta’s Brady Johnson, Latta, by a single shot.

There was almost a dozen shooters in each contest.

Almost 1,500 boys and girls countywide participated.

The next stop for the champions is the Southeast District Hoop Shoot where they will compete against champions from eight other Elks Lodges from southeastern Oklahoma. The event is Jan. 5 at Ada Middle School gym.

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