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Hoop shoot lets youth practice basketball skills

| December 12, 2016
This was Aaliyah Better’s third year competing in the Elks Hoop Shoot.  Josie Sellers | Beacon

This was Aaliyah Better’s third year competing in the Elks Hoop Shoot. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Basketball is a sport Aaliyah Better loves to play and the Elks Hoop Shoot gives her the opportunity to show off her skills.

The 2016 Elks Hoop Shoot was held Dec. 11, in the Coshocton High School gym. Any boy or girl age 8-13 was eligible to compete in the free throw shooting event.

Paul Bowman, who helped organize the contest, said participation was down. Better, however, has become a regular at the event. This is her third year competing and last year she went on to place third in the state Elks Hoop Shoot.

“I practiced almost every day for this,” Better said.

She plays basketball for the seventh grade team at River View Junior High School.

“I like being out and shooting,” Better said. “That’s my favorite thing.”

Her mother Ashley Better enjoys watching her play basketball.

“I love it because she loves it,” Ashley said. “She puts everything she has into it.”

Bowman said the local Elks have held a hoop shoot for probably close to 40 years.

“The Elks are good at giving back to the community,” he said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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