A handful of sure-shotted basketball players will advance to the Northeast District Hoop Shoot (Jan. 7 at Sandstone Middle School in Hermiston) after taking top honors in their age groups during the Hermiston Elks Hoop Shoot Competition.
About 50 area youths ages 8-13 participated in the Dec. 2 event at Sandstone Middle School. Moving on are Alexia Sanguino of West Park Elementary School, Adrian Gonzales of Sunset Elementary School, Layla Chavez of McNary Heights Elementary School, Julian Gomez of Irrigon Elementary School, Leslie Rivera of Clara Brownell Middle School and Ronaldo Torres of Armand Larive Middle School.
Other second and first place finishers in their division during the local competition included Girls 8-9: Rocio Garay of Windy River, Dulce Valencia of West Park. Boys 8-9: Jose Perez of McNary Heights, Carson Cyganik of McKay Creek. Girls 10-11: Ashlynn Cutburth of Sunset, Lorelai Keefauver of Highland Hills. Boys 10-11: Micheal Montez of McNary Heights, Blaze Hoffman of Desert View. Girls 12-13: Laura Molina of Irrigon Jr/Sr High, Chloe Gomez of Riverside Jr/Sr High. Boys 12-13: Alexis Armenta of Clara Brownell, Jesus Montes Martinez of Riverside Jr/Sr High.
Winners of the district competition will advance to the Oregon State Hoop Shoot Feb. 10 at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie. The Elks Hoop Shoot culminates with the National Hoop Shoot Finals, which are April 21 in Chicago. For more information, contact local Hoop Shoot director Ernie Kern of Hermiston Elks Lodge No. 1845 at firstname.lastname@example.org.