Five boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, representing the Helena Elks Lodge #193 competed at the District level contest of the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free-Throw Program in Anaconda on Saturday. In addition to returning with first-place trophies, three qualified to compete in the State contest to be held in Livingston on Feb. 4. Those were Brianna Layng, girls age 8-9 division; Taylor Sayers, girls age 10-11 division; and Brandy Carlson, girls age 12-13 division. Brandy excelled, making 24 of 25 free throws.
Also competing well were Hudsen Grovom (second place boys age 12-13 division) and Jayce Belzer (third place boys age 8-9 division).
The district contest is comprised of participants representing Elks Lodges in Anaconda, Butte, Deer Lodge, Helena and Dillon/Virginia City.