MATTOON -- The Charleston Elks annual Hoop Shoot was held Dec. 9 at the Mattoon Middle School.
The finalists were from the Charleston, Mattoon, Tuscola and Cumberland areas. The winners or alternates will advance to the District competition in Pana on Jan. 14.
The competition consists of shooting 25 free throws for score. Winners at district will advance to the state competitions in Decatur in February.
This year's winners are: 10-11 year-old girls, Ava Boyer of Tuscola; 10-11 year-old boys, Gabriel Pearcy of Mattoon; 12-13 year-old girls, Ella Boyer of Tuscola. The alternate second place will be Abbie Becker of Cumberland; 12-13 year-old boys, Grady Smitley of Charleston.
The Charleston Elks would like to thank the Mattoon school district for allowing the Mattoon Middle School to be the host site for this year's Hoop Shoot.