HERMISTON — Sandstone Middle School hosted the Hermiston Elk’s Hoop Shoot on Saturday, Nov. 23 for basketball marksmen ages 8-13.

Ninety-two Hermiston-area grade schoolers qualified for the competition through their elementary school’s own competitions held earlier in the year.

Winners came from all over, too, as no school could claim more than one champion in the six divisions.

In the 12-13 age group, Kole Keller of Clara Brownell Middle School won the boys title and Jada Burns of Armand Larive M.S. topped the girls. In 10-11 competition the winners were Dylon Watson of Sunset Elementary and Jayden Ray of Desert View. The winners in 8-9 were Enrique Carrillo of West Park Elementary and Maya Meza-Rodriguez of McNary Heights Elementary.

First place winners in each division have qualified to compete in the Northeast District Hoop Shoot to be held on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Sandstone. The shoot will start at 1:30 p.m., with registration starting an hour prior. Earlier this year, three area youths made it all the way to the Oregon Elks State Hoop Shoot in Salem.

Hermiston Elk’s Lodge No. 1845 would like to thank the many volunteers and Hermiston’s physical education teachers for keeping the competition running smoothly.

Hermiston Elk’s Hoop Shoot

Saturday, Nov. 23

Sandstone Middle School


12-13 age group

1, Kole Keller, Clara Brownell

2, Trent Pitney, Sandstone

3, Nathan Wheeler, Armand Larive


1, Dylon Watson, Sunset

2, Carter Tolan, Highland Hills

3, Sam Schwirse, Highland Hills


1, Ernique Carrillo, West Park

2, DaNathan Almaguer, Irrigon Elementary

3, Trevor Kirkpatrick, Desert View



1, Jada Burns, Armand Larive

2, Bekah Valle, Armand Larive

3, Sheridan Deike, Armand Larive


1, Jayden Ray, Desert View

2, Nadine Ferguson, Sunset

3, Jara Montez, McNary Heights


1, Maya Meza-Rodriguez, McNary Heights

2, JaLay Burns, Desert View

3, Serenity Garcia, McNary Heights


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