Beartooth ELKs Lodge 534 hosts Hoop Shoot

Becky Crocket
Hoop Shoot Co-Directors
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Winner of the 12 & 13 boys category
 Colter Chamberlin of Columbus, seen with his parents and brother.

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Winner of 12 & 13 girls category
 was Hailey Croft of Roberts, seen with her mom.

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Winner of the 10 & 11 girls category
 was Mesa Ewing of Belfry, seen with her parents. 

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Winner of 10 & 11 boys category
was Hunter Gleason, Fromberg, seen with his mom.

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Winner of the 8 & 9 year girls category
was Paisley Kastner, Belfry, seen with her parents.

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Winner of 8 & 9 boys category was Blake Kruckenberg, Red Lodge, seen with his mom.

The Beartooth ELKs Lodge 534 sponsored another successful Hoop Shoot. 

The Hoop Shoot is one of the many meaningful programs sponsored by the ELks National Foundation (ENF), the charitable arm of the Elks organization. The ENF provides grants for and sponsors a number of programs serving youth and veterans. The annual Hoop Shoot is one of its most successful and fun youth programs in which youth ages 8 to 13 compete in a free throw competition for a chance to win the national Hoop Shoot title and have their names forever engraved at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Since its inaugural year in 1972, the Elks Hoop Shoot has been a unique experience that allows youth to “compete, connect and succeed.” It is free to participants and provides them with the opportunity to build their self-confidence through healthy competition, learn important life lessons such as the value of hard work, and develop lasting and meaningful relationships, all of which help them to succeed not only in school but in life. 

The Elks Hoop Shoot program begins at the local level where it is sponsored by the local Elks Lodge. Broken up by gender and into three distinct age groups of 8 & 9, 10 & 11, and 12 & 13 year olds, the children compete at their own schools to see who can sink the most free throws. The Boy and Girl first place winners of each age group then advance onto the local finals organized by the sponsoring Lodge where they compete to see who can make the most out of 25 free throws and advance to the district finals. From the district level, finalists advance onto the state and then to the regional competition. The regional finalists go on to compete at the national championship in Chicago, and the 6 national Hoop Shoot winners receive impressive trophies and have their names permanently inscribed at the Basketball Hall of Fame. Additionally, the Getty Powell award is presented to the top overall-scoring boy and girl finalists. 

The 2019 - 2020 Beartooth Elks Hoop Shoot was organized by Becky Crocket and Patrick Stokes (co-directors of the Beartooth Elks Hoop Shoot program) who volunteered countless hours promoting the Hoop Shoot as well as organizing and running the local finals. There were 471 students that participated in the preliminary contest at 10 Carbon and Stillwater county elementary / middle schools in Absarokee, Belfry, Columbus, Fromberg, Luther, Roberts, and Red Lodge. The boy and girl finalists from each school and age group competed in the Beartooth Lodge Hoop Shoot finals on Sunday, November 3rd at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Red Lodge. 

The 2019 Beartooth Hoop Shoot Winners are: 

8 & 9 year category
Girls 1st Place: Paisley Kastner (Belfry)
Girls 2nd Place: Emmery Kurtz (Columbus Elementary) Boys 1st Place: Blake Kruckenberg (Red Lodge) 

Boys 2nd Place: Ryan Cunningham (Absarokee) 

10 & 11 category
Girls: 1st Place: Mesa Ewing (Belfry)
Girls 2nd Place: Kaylee Giovetti (Roberts)
Boys 1st Place: Hunter Gleason (Fromberg)
Boys 2nd Place: Max Ferris (Columbus Elementary) 

12 & 13 category
Girls 1st Place: Hailey Croft (Roberts)
Girls 2nd Place: Genevieve Sager (Red Lodge)
Boys 1st Place: Colter Chamberlin (Columbus Middle) Boys 2nd Place: Quade Boggio (Red Lodge) 

The runner up in each category and age group were recognized and awarded a 2nd Place medal, The 1st Place winners received a trophy and will advance onto the district competition to be held on January 4th at Sweet Grass High School in Big Timber. 

The Beartooth Elks would like to thank and congratulate all of those who participated in the program. We would also like to thank all of the schools and staff who held the preliminary competitions. A special thank you to all the volunteers who worked at the local Lodge Hoop Shoot as well. We wish the very best of luck to: Paisley, Blake, Mesa, Hunter, Hailey, and Colter. We are honored to have you represent our Lodge in the Elks Hoop Shoot program; we’ll be rooting for you!