Bailey Finn won her second Elks Hoop Shoot National Championship Saturday. (Photo courtesy Dean Hendrickson)

LIVINGSTON – Bailey Finn and Kameryn Ketcham, both Big Timber natives, are two of the six Montana State Champions of the Elks “Hoop Shoot”® free throw contest after winning their age groups at Sleeping Giant Middle School in Livingston Saturday.

Finn, who won the National Elks Hoop Shoot title in 2014, was the only one of the 30 competitors to make all 25 free throws.

AGE 8-9 WINNERS

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AGE 10-11 WINNERS

AGE 12-13 WINNERS

First, second and third place trophies were awarded to each boy and girl in three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The contestants who participated at the Montana State Contest were crowned District Champions from the five districts in Montana.

The State Finalists journey began in the fall of 2017 where Montana Elks Lodges hosted a Lodge Contest. By winning their Lodge Contest, they advanced to their District Contests where they earned the title District Champion, allowing them to travel to Livingston to compete at the State Contest.

The six state champions will represent Montana in the Regional Semi-Finals in Rapid City, SD on Saturday March 10, 2018. They will compete against the State Champions from North Dakota and South Dakota. The Regional Champions will advance to the National Finals in Chicago, IL, April 21, 2018. The names of the national winners are engraved on plaques at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

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