Elks Host Hoop Shoots Contest for 43rd Year

The 43rd Annual Elks Hoop Shoots Alameda city finals contest was held Friday, Jan. 8, at the Alameda Point Gym.

The hoop shoots contests consists of a free throw shooting competition where each contestant has 25 opportunities to shoot a basketball into the hoop.
The contestants that participated in the city finals must live in Alameda or attend an Alameda school. The participants also had to qualify by winning the initial round tournament played at different parks in Alameda. 

The Hoops Shoots contest is broken into six divisions. They are separated by age and gender. There is three divisions for both boys and girls. The ages of the divisions are eight and nine year olds, 10 and 11 year olds and 12 and 13 years olds.

Joshua Woo won the boys’ eight- to nine-year-old division. He beat out Maxwell Stuart and Robbie Fintland. The boys’ 10- to 11-year-old bracket was won by Jacob Baca. He made more free throws than Nico Araujo and Walter Keating. Joe Loughran won the boys’ 12- to 13-year-old division. He finished ahead of Griff Loughran and Aaron Garcia.

Ava Pardo won the girls’ eight- to nine-year-old division. Jasmine Whorley came in second place, while Allison Noble finished in third. Arshiya Ranjitkar was victorious in the girls’ 10- to 11-year-old bracket. She beat out Iris Phillips and Peace Salsbury. Katie Ohno won the girls’ 12- to 13-year-old bracket. Sarah Motley came in second place, while Isabel Galbo finished in third. 

The first-place city finals winners from each age division are invited to continue on to represent the city of Alameda in the Bay District Contest on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Serra High School Gymnasium in San Mateo.

The Alameda section of the Elks Hoop Shoots was conducted by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD) and sponsored locally by the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015. More than three million children nationwide compete in the Elks Hoops Shoots contest.

For more information on the contest and Bay District round, contact ARPD services specialst Dennis McDaniels at DMcDaniels@alamedaca.gov or call 523-4071.