Josi Coggins of Enterprise hit 15 out of 25 free throws to claim the 2018 Wallowa County Hoop Shoot Champion. She narrowly beat Lucas Power of Wallowa, who netted 13 out of 25 free throws.
The Enterprise Elks held their annual County Hoop Shoot on Thursday, December 13 in Enterprise, to determine who will represent Wallowa County at the Elks Northeast District Hoop Shoot Championship in Hermiston, on Sunday, January 6.
Also representing the county in Hermiston, will be eight- and nine-year-old girls champ, Ashlee Myers of Joseph; eight- and nine-year-old boys champ, Kolton Butterfield, of Enterprise; 10- and 11-year-old girls champ, Tessa Duncan, of Enterprise; and 10- and 11-year-old boys champ, Malcolm Albee of Joseph. Josi Coggins and Lucas Power were the 12- and 13-year-old contestants.
The Elks have been putting on Hoop Shoots since the late 1940’s, when Frank Hise of Corvallis instituted the contest, eventually turning it into a national competition. Every year thousands of young hoopsters compete locally up through the national level to earn the honor of shooting in the Elks Grand Lodge Hoop Shoot Championship in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Also competing were; eight and nine-year-olds Cooper Grover, of Joseph, Gavin Shaeffer of Wallowa, and Emily Aase, of Enterprise; 10- and 11year-olds Annie-Rose Miller, of Joseph, Emelie McDaniel, of Wallowa, Michael Wilks, of Wallowa, and Isaac Bedard, of Enterprise. Additional 12- and 13-year-olds were Molly Curry, of Joseph, Lane Botts, of Enterprise, and Blade Suto, of Joseph.