The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 31, 2013

Hoopshoot champs crowned

ASHTABULA — Three boys and three girls, ages 8-13, won the second round of competition in the Elks Hoopshoot free-throw contest at the gymnasium of Lakeside Junior High School on Saturday were named Ashtabula area champions.

First-place trophies were awarded to one boy and one girl in each of three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11, 12-13. Winners also received a certificate of achievement and a basketball. Second-place trophies were also awarded in each category.

Winners were (number of shots made is in parentheses):


  • 8-9 — First, Carson Mongell (17), Austinburg; second, Andrew Grippi (13), St. John.
  • 10-11 — First, Ayden Richmond (19), Cork Elementary; second, Mataio Snyder (18), Superior Int.
  • 12-13 — Jacob Zappitelli (20), Braden Junior High; second, Dakota Harvey (17), Geneva Middle.


  • 8-9 — First, Savannah Cerjan (14, Cork Elementary; second, Erica Housel (7), Superior.
  • 10-11 — First, Abby Carter (17), Cork Elementary; second, Makenna Proy (8), Austinburg.
  • 12-13 — First, Megan Pitcher (13), Geneva Middle; second, Hailey DeGeorge (11), Braden.

The six champions will now advance to the district finals at Ravenna High School on Feb. 1, when they will compete with other winners from throughout the Northeast Ohio area.

Last year, Ayden Richmond finished seventh overall in the national finals.

The Elks Hoopshoot, begun as a local program by Corvallis, Oregon Elks in 1946 is in its 43rd year of national competition. More than 1.5 million boys and girls are expected to participate this year.

Names of the national winners will be inscribed on the Elks National Hoopshoot plaque, on permanent display in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

The competition represents one of many activities sponsored by the Elks as part of their ongoing commitment to drug awareness and education.

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