The 2016-2017 La Junta Elks #701 Hoop Shoot contest was held this past Saturday at Otero Junior College’s McDivitt Center.

The 2016-2017 La Junta Elks #701 Hoop Shoot contest was held this past Saturday at Otero Junior College’s McDivitt Center. This year marks the 46th anniversary of the national free throw shooting contest for youngsters age 8 through 13. Contestant’s age group is determined by their ages as of April 1, 2018. Each contestant has 25 shots at the hoop. The boy and girl in each age group with the best scores advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the national finals. Over 700 boys and girls in the area competed this year, with the winners from school contests advancing on to Saturday’s local competition.

The first place finishers move on to compete at the South District Hoop Shoot contest to be held at Canon City High School on Feb 10, 2018.