2024 WA State Hoop Shoot Finals! 🏀🏀🏀

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We concluded the Washington State Finals of the Elks National Hoop Shoot on Saturday the 10th of February.  The competition was held at Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion at their Lacey campus.

A full field of 30 shooters, who won their district shoot, represented 14 Lodges in our state.

Six shooters were crowned champions and move on to the Regional competition which will be in Kennewick on March 16th at Kamiakin High School.


8-9 Girls – Elizabeth Matisin  representing Everett

8-9 Boys – Max Soterakopoulos representing Shoreline

10-11 Girls – Helaina Soterakopoulos representing Shoreline

10-11 Boys – Henry Siska representing Ballard

12-13 Girls – Raiya Zaveri representing Ballard

12-13 Boys – Blake Zimmerman representing Greater Spokane

The Linda Gerken shooter of the day award goes to Helaina Soterakopoulos who made 19/25 shots

The Bill Gerken shooter of the day award goes to Blake Zimmerman who was 23 for 25.

Over 20 Washington State Elks were on hand volunteering to conduct the program which included a Friday night pizza fest and the awards banquet and trophy presentation on Saturday afternoon at the Olympia Elks Lodge.  A big extra thank you goes out to the Olympia Elks lodge and it’s volunteers for working so hard hosting us all each year for this amazing program

Hall of Fame inductee Brian Thoemke w/ son

A special presentation was made when the 10-11 boys were receiving their trophies.  Chairman Joe Basil called up Brian Thoemke to the stage where his son, who made 16 of 25 shots in that division, was still standing and a special award was presented.

During the 1986-1987 and 1987-1988 Hoop Shoot Finals, Bryan Thoemke was a back to back National Champion and was a first ballot Elks Hoop Shoot Hall of Fame inductee.  Bryan was presented with a special gift from the Elks National Foundation and thanked for his leadership throughout the school district in the Kitsap area where he educates our children and helps immensely in promoting the Elks Hoop Shoot.