ANGOLA, INDIANA — Rylee Sagester of West Alexandria (10-11 year old girls group) was a first place winner in the fourth round of competition in the Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw contest held in Angola, Ind. on Saturday, March 19.
Sagester was sponsored by the Greenville Elks Lodge #1139. She made 23 out of 25 free throws to win her age group. Along with the other champions from the Great Lakes Regional contest, Sagester will now advance to the national finals of the Hoop Shoot where she will compete against the other regional winners from across the United States. The national finals will be held in Chicago on April 16.
The Elks Hoop Shoot began as a local program by the Corvallis, Ore. Elks in 1946, and is now in its 44th year of national competition. Each participant of the National Hoop Shoot finals will be one of over three million American youngsters who participated in local, district, state and regional contests. Thirty-six boys and 36 girls will remain to compete in Chicago after all regionals have been completed.
From this outstanding group, one boy and one girl in each age category (8-9, 10-11, 12-13 years old) will be named national champion.
Each national winner will receive an individual trophy and his or her name will be inscribed on a special plaque displayed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
This project is supported by the interest earned on donations made through the Elks National Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to outstanding young students.
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