The 38th annual Highland Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot for youngsters ages 8-13 was held Jan. 9 at the Highland Middle School Gym.
There were seven school districts and 784 participants in this year's competition and over 3 million youngsters from throughout the United States entered last year's competition.
First place winners from this year's Hoop Shoot include: 8- to 9-year-old boys: Matthew Workman, Salem,; 8- to 9-year-old girls: Samantha King, Horseshoe Bend; 10- to11-year-old boys: Jared Chaney, Melbourne; 10- to 11-year-old girls: Macy Moody, Sidney; 12-to 13-year-old boys: Brady Duckett, Mount Pleasant; 12- to 13-year-old girls: Natalie Glenn, Lynn.
The winners will be competing in the State of Arkansas Elks competition to be held in Hot Springs on Feb. 6.
Names of the national winners will be inscribed on the Elks National Hoop Shoot plaque on permanent display in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.