PIERRE – Volga’s Talya Vincent hit 17-of-25 free throws to become the state champion of the 10-11-year-old girls’ division during Saturday’s Elks State Hoop Shoot at Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre.
The 11-year old is the daughter of Bill and Jill Vincent and attends Sioux Valley School.
Vincent will represent South Dakota at the March 9 Elks Regional Hoop Shoot in Rapid City. She will shoot against the state champions from Montana and North Dakota for the right to advance to the National Hoop Shoot in Chicago in April.
Abby Haaland, Bennett Jensen, Matisyn Keppen, Levi Loban and Cooper Teske advanced from the Brookings Elks Lodge No. 1490 contest in December and competed in the State Hoop Shoot on Saturday.
In total, 46 children, all winners of local lodge contests, competed in Saturday’s event.
The Hoop Shoot is an annual, signature kids program sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, which is a 141-year old, national fraternal organization.
For more information about the Hoop Shoot, visit elks.org.