Six local kids were winners in the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot at the St. Joesph’s School gym on Sunday Evening. Brynn Steser, Edward Duffy, Ryann Barry, Wesley Wittler, Joslyn Bush and Lincoln Kienholz. Each one their age group and will advance to the Elks State Hoop Shoot on January 27, 2018 at Georgia Morse Middle School.
In the 12-13-year old division, Bush, who lives in Pierre, won the girls competition by making 18 of her 25 shots. Mattie Duffy and Dani Frost finished second and third. In the same age group, Keinholz, who hails from Fort Pierre, hit 22 of his 25 free throws, which was the highest total of the evening. Sam Head took second place with 18 makes.
Onida’s Wittler, who was a local contest winner last year, hit 19 shots to lead the 10 and 11 year old boys division. Barry, a Pierre resident, adavanced for the girls completion with 14 made baskets. For the youngest division, Stoeser, a Pierre resident, hit 10 shots for the win.
Fort Pierre’s Duffy tallied 19 of his 25 shots to become champion of the eight and nine year old boys competition. In total, 49 kids participated in the free, annual free-throw contest. The lodge contest is the first step in advancing the April national championship in Chicago.
The winners of the South Dakota contest January 27 will compete at the regionals in Rapid City in March against the Montana and North Dakota state winners.