The Annual RZ Motors Hoop Shoot Contest was once again held the afternoon of the 4th of July at Mirror Lake Park.
By TED UECKER
Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce
The Annual RZ Motors Hoop Shoot Contest was once again held the afternoon of the 4th of July at Mirror Lake Park. The temperature was hot and so was the shooting – and dunking! The court and hoops, including the backboards and rims, were repainted red, white and blue for this yearly 4th of July Jam Session. Forty-two contestants gave it a whirl, where for one minute they could shoot from eight differently marked and valued spots on the court. They could not shoot consecutive layup shots for one point, but they could consecutively shoot from the other six spots on the court, valued from 3-5 points each. A bonus of 15 points was awarded to each shooter if they tried shots from three differently valued locations. This year a new age group for 9 and under was added, where younger contestants had the opportunity to make as many shots as they could in 60 seconds at a lower rimmed basket (about 7 feet).
The highlight of the afternoon was when three year old Camdyn Freed was held up by his dad Mike and given the opportunity to shoot on the smaller hoop. He made seven shots in 60 seconds and received a prize as our youngest shooter!
Another awesome highlight was when Branden Brekke and Andrew Oakland slam dunked their layups! You should have heard the crowd! However, the dunks did make the backboards move quite a little on their next shots, which probably didn’t help their shooting! Our overall male high point getter and 18-44 year old male winner was Andrew Oakland with 35 points! Hettinger’s Lonnie Jackson was right on his heels at 33 points, as were sharp-shooting Nighthawk graduates Hayden Sadowsky at 31 and Sam Kludt at 29. Brekke notched 30, even with a moving target! There was some real talent in this division.
Kindall Seamands from Wyoming was the overall high point girl and 14-17 year old division champ with 27 points. She had quite an athletic day, as she was the fastest female runner earlier in the day at the “Fun, Run & Walk.” Good day Kindall! Rebecca Burkhalter was right behind Seamands with 26 points (probably in the running race too!) In the female 18-44 year old age group, former HHS stars Kari Butterfield Emineth and Sam Johnson tied for top honors with 25 points each.
Andrew Marcotte won the 14-17 year old boys division with 32 points (quite a score for a 15 year old); Jonathon Burkhalter netted 30 points to swipe the 10-13 boys division; 11 year old Taylar Fagerberg won the 10-13 year old girls with 18 points, edging Brianna Berg with 16.
In the youngest nine and under division, Gavin Parnow led the boys with 20 made shots; and Taylor Berg triumphed over the girls with 15. And in the senior division, 45 and up, Brad Burkhalter won with 26, followed by Scott Bieber at 23.
A fun time was had by all! RZ Motors provided almost $400 in prizes – awesome, huge fireworks from Black Powder for each age division (boys and girls), plus Hettinger Theater Movie Passes! RZ Motors also provided ice cold water for each of the contestants. Special thank you to RZ Motors for sponsoring this event and of course, to all the shooters. Hope to see you next year!