County foul shooters strike gold in Bangor
BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Elks Association held its Hoop Shoot foul shooting contest for the Northern Maine District championships on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the James Doughty School in Bangor.
Winners from all of the Hoop Shoot competitions held by the seven Elks Lodges throughout northern Maine competed to earn the right to advance to the next round, which is the state championship.
Of the District Hoop Shoot championships at stake in six divisions Jan. 6, competitors from Presque Isle Lodge 1954 won five. Those winners were Cruze Casavant of Presque Isle (20 for 25) and Blayne Tardif of Mapleton (21 for 25) in the 8-9-year-old division; Brandon Porter of Mapleton (20 for 25) in the 10- and 11-year-old division; and Wesley LaPointe of Caribou (21 for 25) and Jorja Maynard of Presque Isle (17 for 25) in the 12-13 division.
Tardif and LaPointe were district champions in 2018. Tardif also went on to capture the state title.
All five of this year’s district champions will now advance to the state championship round, which will be held Jan. 27 at Bangor High School.
Ainsley Caron, who also represented the Presque Isle lodge, went 12 for 25 and managed to take home the second-place trophy in the girls’ 10-11 division. Kaylee Bagley of Hancock, representing the Ellsworth lodge, advanced in that age category, winning by a mere two shots.County foul shooters strike gold in Bangor