Rochester, NH Lodge News

District No. 5400

Rochester Elks #1393 Conduct Annual Lodge Hoop Shoot

PR Contact: Don Chesnel 603-833-9344
The Rochester Elks #1393 conducted its annual Lodge Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at the Rochester Recreation and Community Center at 10 AM. 12 boys and 6 girls competed for the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition, which will be the Southern District Hoop Shoot contest. This year that contest will be hosted by the Rochester Elks and will be conducted at the Rochester Recreation and Community Center on Saturday, January 4th, 2020. An awards ceremony and lunch will follow the contest at the Lodge. Winners will then advance to the State Contest, Regional Contest and finally the National competition which will be held in Chicago, Il on April 18th, 2020. For those advancing through the final  levels of competition, the Elks provides lodging and other amenities as needed.
Winners and competitors in the Rochester Lodge Contest are as follows:
Boys 8-9
Winner – Hagan Faucher. 2nd Place Landon Marcoux
Girls 8-9
Winner – Allison Bastien. 2nd Place – Madison St. Pierre
Boys 10-11
Winner – Sawyer Demers. 2nd Place – Zacharey Morgan
Girls 10-11
Winner – Griffin Demers. 2nd Place – Maya St. Pierre
Boys 12-13
Winner – Austin Grant. Also competing in this age category were the following: Ethan Morgan, Paul Butler, Nicholas Adrien, Henry Nelson, Eben Tompson, Cameron Bastien and Tucker Demers.
Girls 12-13
Winner – Brooke Anzenella. 2nd place – Stella Mitropoulos
The Elks Hoop Shoot Program got its start in Corvallis, Oregon in 1946. While observing a group of boys playing basketball, the late-Past National President Frank Hise noticed that the smaller kids had a hard time keeping up with the others. To level this imbalance, he organized a free-throw contest where every kid could participate. On that day, the Elks Hoop Shoot was born. But, it wasn’t until 1972 that the program held its first national finals in Kansas City, Mo. The program has expanded dramatically since the early days and in the modern era, millions of boys and girls, ages 8 through 13 have competed in this program. For more information about the Elks and its programs, visit
There were 14 Rochester Elks Volunteers in attendance as well as State Hoop Shoot South/West District Director Dennis Dionne and his wife Judie. Event chair was Tom Ducharme from the Rochester Elks.
Picture caption: Hoop Shoot participants, parents and Elks Volunteers gathered for a group picture after the event. 

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