From left to right: Owen Craig, Adan Gonzales, Jonathan Hernandez, James Peoples, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, Alex Louie, Erin Murphy, Carlin Murphy, Ximena Oltean. Photo: Courtesy of Edward Collins

Voice & Viewpoint Newswire

San Marcos parents came out to cheer on the basketball champions who were honored by San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones for their great free throw shooting. Boys and girls from 8-13 competed for trophies and basketball prizes provided by the Vista Elks Lodge 1968. Youths from the San Marcos Boys and Girls Club and from club teams practicing at the Corky Smith Gym next door were equally matched as novices took home many of the trophies.

It was clearly a worthwhile experience for the youth. “Hoop Shoot was a great experience to be able to compete against kids from different schools,” student, Aidan G., said. Belle M. said, “I enjoyed the opportunity to challenge myself.” “[It] was a great way to learn the importance of team-work,” student, Samara A, remarked.

First place winners will go on to compete in the district competition at the San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas on January 11, 2020 at 2 pm. More than 3 million youths will compete in the Elks Hoop Shoot contests this year, with the winners of regional tournaments competing at the National Championships in Chicago on April 1, 2020.

Five more local Elks Hoop Shoot contests are scheduled over the next several weeks. To find a nearby contest, go to: https://www.elks.org/hoopshoot/compete/getingame.cfm

For more information about San Marcos youth programs, contact Mayor Rebecca Jones at 760-744-1050, ext. 3150, or email rjones@san-marcos.net.