Eighteen young free throw shooters from all over the state of Maine gathered at Bangor High School the morning of Sunday, January 27th to conduct the state level Hoop Shoot contest and see who will move on to shoot against the top kids from Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the Regional contest to be held at the end of February in Portland. Winners there will travel to shoot for the National Titles in Chicago, IL.
Beginning with the local lodges, some as early as December, we’ve been searching for young ladies and gentlemen who enjoy to shoot a basketball, to join in a competition to find the best from each lodge area. Throughout this competitive series the Boy and Girl shooters are divided into three age brackets: 8-9 years old, 10-11 and 12-13.
Those top place local finishers then advanced to the state’s District shoot-offs, depending on their location relative to the Coastal lodges, the Central lodges or the Northern ones. It’s those District top-place finishers who came to Bangor.
The kids and their families were shown a truly well organized and executed event by the officers and members of the Bangor Lodge, #244. Competition was keen and everyone attending really enjoyed the day. Initially tied at 23 each of their 25 shots during the regular competition there was even a five-shot shoot off between Blayne Tardiff and Audrey Mackie to determine overall top Girl shooter of the event. In the end, Audrey took the trophy, shooting 5 for 5 to Blayne’s 4 of 5 in the shoot-off. A truly exciting end to the morning’s competition! Overall top shooter honors for the boys went to Brandon Furbush, Skowhegan-Madison Lodge #2531.
Maine’s top shooters for Fraternal Year 2018-19 are:
8-9 Brandon Furbush – Skowhegan-Madison Lodge #2531 Blayne Tardiff – Presque Isle Lodge #1954
10-11 Adam Fitzgerald – Skowhegan-Madison Lodge #2531 Kaylee Baglee – Ellsworth Lodge #2743
12-13 Wesley LaPointe – Presque Isle Lodge #1954 Audrey Mackie – Rockland Lodge #1008