The 37th-annual Elks Hoop Shoot took place Saturday, Dec. 11.
The balls bounced on the hardwood of the Indian Trails Middle School gym, and numerous elementary school-aged basketball players took their practice shots as they prepared to do battle.
It was the 37th-annual Hoop Shoot put on by the Palm Coast Elks Club Lodge 2709, and 15 basketball players from around the area took part in the event.
Each competitor got five warm-up shots, and then took 10 foul shots. After switching, each athlete got an additional 15 shots. The player with the most shots made out of 25 won.
The best performer was 10-year-old Kiara Rodriguez, of Palm Coast, who made 20 out of 25 shots.
“It’s good for the youth of the community,” said John McDonald, Hoop Shoot coordinator for Lodge 2709.
The winner from each of the three age divisions advanced to the next phase, which features nine other Elks lodges from around the area. Districts will be held Jan. 8, in Sanford.
Boys first-place winners
Clifton Brown, 8 11/25
Logan Sepe, 10 12/25
Saidumar Umarov, 12 14/25
Ian Karl, 11 5/25
James Wadley, 13 13/25
Girls first-place winners
Ellie Kae Hansen, 9 9/25
Kiara Rodriguez, 10 20/25
Selena Perez, 12 9/25
Girls second-place winners
Dakota Snowden, 9 3/25
Alexis Williams, 11 6/25
Taquoya Jeter, 13 7/25