On a cold Saturday morning, the local Elks Hoop Shoot went off as scheduled at the Penn Yan Elementary School gym with 34 youngsters participating. Results of the contests follow.
In the girl’s 8-9 year-old division, the winner was Jenna Curbeau, daughter of Bob Curbeau and his wife Deb. Jenna went 9/25 to take home the first place trophy, just getting by Alexis Marble , who was 8/25 to capture the runner-up prize.

On the boy’s side of the same division, Brennan Prather, Brian Hollister, and Mason Kuver all finished regulation tied at 7/25. In the shoot-off, Prather made two of his shots while Kuver and Hollister each made one. That made Brennan the first place winner, but Brian and Mason then had to duel it out now for second place. Brian made two of his shots to one of Mason’s for the second place trophy.

In the girl’s ages 10-11 division, the winner was a familiar face to hoop shoot fans. Sydney Bloom came through at the end by canning 15 of 25 shots for the win. Second place in this category also went to a repeat performer, Hannah Keech, who sank 13 of 25 of her shots. Both Keech and Bloom were tied at the end of the first round with 7 of 10 shots and the difference was Sydney making her last two shots to pick up the victory. On the boy’s side of this division, the winner was Desmond Battin, who shot a very respectable 17 of 25 to capture the top prize. Second place in this category went to Ben Emerson, who was 12 for 25.

At the final level for the girls, the 12-13 year old division, Demi Battin, Desmond’s sister, made it a “two for” as she squeaked past Ashley Jensen by one shot.

Demi made 16 of 25 shots including her last three in a row to take home the first place trophy. Ashley’s last shot rolled around the rim and out, preventing a tie and a shootout, and thus finished with 15/25 and in second place.

In the largest group and final contest, the boy’s ages 12-13, the winner was again a repeat performer. Tyler Keech went 9/10 and 12/15 to shoot a very respectable 21 of 25 for the first place trophy.

He needed most all his shots as he was forced to hold off challenges from Sean Emerson and Tanner Irwin, both of whom finished with 18 of 25, with Irwin nailing 13 of his last 15.
In the shoot-off for second place, Emerson and Irwin both went 5/5 in the first tie-breaker. In the second set of five, Irwin missed two and then hit the last three. Emerson nailed his first four to capture second place in this exciting event.

It is now off to Ithaca on Jan. 29 for the six local winners. There, they will be matched up against the winners from Ithaca, Horseheads, Elmira, Watkins Glen and Corning, the other five Elks lodges in the Southern Tier. Stay tuned for the results in this paper.

Once again, I would like to personally thank all my helpers from the Elks - Terry Murphy, Brain Minor, Bob Church, Ed Zegarelli, Steve Morse, Larry Hibbard, Deb Curbeau, Rich Pierle, and Dan Doyle, as well as the high school varsity basketball coaches, Jay Hollister and Erin Cunningham, and their respective teams who all came to lend a hand.

The entire day went very smoothly as many hands made for light work. I deeply appreciate everyone’s help in making the day a success.