PRYOR, OK —
Local student and state champion Raynee Nofire placed third at the 2013 Southwest Regional Elks Hoop Shot Free Throw Contest held in Dallas on Saturday.
Raynee, sponsored by the Pryor Elks Lodge, placed in the 8-9 year old girls' division by sinking 16 of 25 free throws.
To earn a spot in the regional competition, Raynee won the Pryor lodge contest and then the Northeast District shoot-off. She earned the Oklahoma title at the Oklahoma State Elks Association championship.
This year, over 340,000 kids are estimated to have competed in the contest, according to Jud Good, southwest regional director of the Elks Hoop Shot program. Nationwide, 3 million boys and girls compete in three different age groups.
"It's an honor to be able to give kids like these a platform to excel. The Elks are all about helping the youth of America, and this program gives them a chance to shine," Good said.