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Lewis' shooting far from foul

Boonsboro eighth-grader one of six county Hoop Shoot winners

Boonsboro eighth-grader one of six county Hoop Shoot winners

January 13, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

At the start of Saturday's Washington County Hoop Shoot Championships at St. Maria Goretti, 100 players ranging in ages from 8 to 13 attempted to make as many free throws in 25 attempts as possible.

At the end, Justin Lewis of Boonsboro took top honors overall, hitting 22 of 25.

"I had confidence I could win, but I was still nervous," said Lewis, a 13-year-old eighth grader. "My legs were shaking at times."

Lewis said he was ready for the competition.

"I've been practicing. This is my second time for the Hoop Shoot," he said. "I missed two early shots, but then I went on a streak. It was tough out there."

Lewis edged Russell Herman of Clear Spring Middle 22-21, while Ryan Crabtree of Springfield Middle was right behind with 19.

According to Hoop Shoot director Cokey Robertson, 21 of the 25 county elementary schools were represented, along with four public middle schools and St. Mary School. Champions from all public, private and parochial schools in the county were eligible to compete.

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County champions were crowned in six divisions, and qualified for the West Regionals on Jan. 26 at Goretti. The West Regionals includes champions from Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties.

The West Regional winners will advance to the state level and possibly the regional and national levels.

The Hoop Shoot is sponsored by Hagerstown Elks Lodge No. 378.

Top finishers

8-9 girls

Sydney Hockensmith (Fountain Rock) 15; Kaitlyn Murphy (Williamsport) 14; Courtney McGee (Eastern) 12.

8-9 boys

Kasayus Ferguson (Potomac Heights) 20; Darius Hockaday (Paramount) 18; Cole Huntzberry (Old Forge) 17.

10-11 girls

Kayla Huntzberry (Old Forge) 13; Katelyn Mehrling (Emma K. Doub) 9; Kerri Kline (Springfield) 7.

10-11 boys

Jeremy Cooper (Conococheague) 18; Ryan Brown (Paramount) 16; Collin Wilhite (Clear Spring) 14.

12-13 girls

Elyse Koterwas (Smithsburg) 17; Amber Forrest (Clear Spring) 16; Stephanie Pantos (Boonsboro) 13.

12-13 boys

Justin Lewis (Boonsboro) 22; Russell Herman (Clear Spring) 21; Ryan Crabtree (Spring-field) 19.

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