Pa. students shoot buckets in competition

January 16, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Local elementary and middle school students shot baskets Saturday for prizes, sponsored by a local service organization that wants to keep children away from drugs.

The top finisher in the local competition of the Elks National Free Throw Contest was Ryan Borzager, who made 23 out of 25 baskets. Ryan, a student at Chambersburg (Pa.) Area Middle School, competed in the 12- and 13-year-old boys category, and advanced to the district contest.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Chambersburg Lodge 600, holds the event every year for local students. Saturday's competition was at Scotland School for Veterans' Children.


Overseeing the event were Elks members Kathy Kendall of McConnellsburg, Pa., and Michael Krugh, F.C. Cameron and Brian Wells, all of Chambersburg.

"The shoot is completely free for all kids," said Kendall, a physical education teacher. "It's to offer something besides drugs to anyone in the Elks area."

Students compete in their schools, with the winners competing in Saturday's event, Cameron said. He said that between 500 and 600 students participated in their schools, with just under 100 students competing in Saturday's shoot.

The winners in each age division advance to the district competition in Middletown, Pa., in February, and from there to state, regional and national competitions.

Lory Baker, a student from McConnellsburg, placed second in the nation in 1997, Kendall said.

Dontay Russ, 12, warmed up with other boys in his age group, and easily made two out of three baskets in his practice shots. A student at Chambersburg Area Middle School, Dontay plays basketball after school.

Cayla Salmon, 11, of Chambersburg, is on the Chambersburg Area Middle School basketball team, and made 16 out of 25 shots to place first in the 10- and 11-year-old girls division. The daughter of Darlene and Cliff Salmon, Cayla said she "concentrated," which helped her to improve over her score of 10 out of 25 shots last year.

Brianne Rice, 12, of Chambersburg, and Michelle Baker of McConnellsburg tied for first in the 12- and 13-year-old girls division with 22 out of 25 shots. In a shootoff, Brianne sunk four out of five to advance to the district competition.

Brianne plays guard on the Chambersburg Area Middle School basketball team.

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