The 47th annual Elks Hoop Shoots Alameda city finals contest was held Friday, Jan. 10, at the Alameda Point Gym. The hoop shoots contest 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 various parks throughout the city.
Alameda native James Hahn played his first Professional Golf Association (PGA) tournament of the year at the Sony Open Jan. 9 to 12. Hahn, 38, competed with more than 150 other PGA golfers in the tournament played at the Wai’alae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hahn did not make the cut and bowed out of the tournament on Friday, Jan. 10.
Hahn looked like a lock to make the one-over-par 71 cut after shooting a one-under-par 69 in the first round. However, he shot a five-over 75 in the second round to finish with a four-over 144 after two rounds of play.
Valor Games Far West, held annually at Alameda’s Coast Guard Island, provides a venue for more than 100 injured, ill and wounded veterans from the Western U.S. to compete in various sports. Now in its seventh year, the games will take place June 11 through 14. Veteran athletes will participate in archery, biathlon, cycling, discus, shot put, power lifting and indoor rowing.
Alameda’s Flaming Skulls Over-40 soccer team recently won Bladium’s Soccer C League’s championship. The league plays every Thursday night. The playoffs ended with the Flaming Skulls winning the championship game, bettering their opponent on penalty kicks at the end of the match.