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Jerome Elks Lodge #1361 held their annual Hoop Shoot at the Clarkdale/Jerome Elementary School gym, Clarkdale, on Sunday afternoon, December 29. The free throw contest is for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Each contestant had 25 shots at the basket over 2 rounds. The competition was fiercest among the boys 12-13 year old division, where a single basket separated the top three: RJ James with 16 baskets, Justin Link with 15 and Jason Collier had 14 out of 25. The Hoop Shoot takes place at Elks Lodges' across the country and winners from this shoot will advance to the regional competition, which takes place in Chino Valley on February 1. Winners from each state will compete in Springfield, Massachusetts, at the championship event.