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3/18/2013 2:27:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrence County 9-year-old headed to national Elks Hoop Shoot finals
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Camren Ray is headed for the birthplace of basketball.

The 9-year-old Lawrenceville boy, a student at Bridgeport Grade School, won the North Central Regional Championship in the Elks Hoop Shoot Saturday by sinking 22 of 25 free throws. Shooters from 12 regions were on hand for the competition, including youngsters from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Ray, the son of Kim and Collin Ray, will shoot at the Elks Hoop Shoot National Free Throw Contest on April 20, in Springfield, Mass. He is one of 72 shooters throughout the nation, aged 8 to 13, to qualify for the national competition.

As part of the trip, Ray and his family will visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. James Naismith is credited with inventing the sport of basketball in Springfield, in 1891.

Ray earned his way to Iowa by winning local, county, district and state competitions. He will represent Lawrenceville Elks Lodge 1208 at the finals.

More than 3 million youngsters entered the competition, which has been narrowed to the 72 finalists. Six winners will be crowned in the competition next month. The names of winners will have their names placed on a plaque at the Hall of Fame.

The Elks Hoop Shoot is now in its 41st year. Since its inception, more than 107,000,000 have participated, making it the largest coeducational youth sports program in the nation. Funded by the Benevolent and Protective


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