Elks hoop shoot

Angelique Martinez, left, winner of the local Elks Hoop Shoot, with Arizona Elks Association President Charyll McKean.

CASA GRANDE — An area athlete is on her way to the Arizona Elks Association state Hoop Shoot free throw competition next month after winning at the district level.

Angelique Martinez won in the girls 12 to 13 age division at the district free throw event held Jan. 8.

The event was sponsored by Casa Grande Valley Elks Lodge 1957.

Martinez will compete at the state level on Feb. 12 at Cactus Canyon Middle School in Apache Junction.

Other area youngsters who competed in the district-wide competition were:

  • Lee Vincent Trammell
  • Gianna Mejia
  • Adrian Garcia

The students competed in various divisions based on age and gender.

Elks Hoop Shoot is a national free throw contest. Competition begins at the local level, with winners advancing to the district, state, regional and then national finals in Chicago.

This year is the 50th for the competition and the event has a theme, “Developing Gritty Kids for 50 Years,” a press release from the Elks said. “Gritty kids are determined hard workers. Gritty kids become gritty adults with strong work ethics and goal-setting skills.”

This year, six national champions will have their names on digital display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a nonprofit fraternal, charitable organization that donates to local youth, veterans and community causes each year.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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