Local boy wins Elks Hoop Shoot state title

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David Roberts (left) and Drake Levan participated in the Elks State Hoop Shoot competition in Grinnell Feb. 27. Levan wom the 8-9 age group while Roberts was second in the 12-13 division.

GRINNELL — Perry’s Drake Levan, representing Elks Lodge 407, won the 8-9 boys division championship at the State Hoop Shoot contest Saturday.

Perry’s David Roberts, a two-time state qualifier, finished second in the 12-13 division at the competition.

elks  hoopThe format requires each contestant to shoot 25 free throws. Levan buried 21 of his attempts to seize the state crown, thereby qualifying for the North Central Region 3 Semifinals March 19 in Iowa City.

Levan will compete against state champions form Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. A win in Iowa City would move Levan into the National Finals April 16 in Chicago.

Roberts connected on 18-of-25 during his time at the line, narrowly missing the title and the right to advance.

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