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City, Elks host Hoop Shoot finals Friday

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The city’s top hoopsters will strut their stuff Friday evening at the Alameda Point Gym, which is set to host the 38th Annual Elks Hoop Shoot City Finals. The annual free-throw contest begins at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

Finalists who participated in free throw contests at 11 local parks, the city’s Teen Center and St. Philip Neri school will each represent their park in Friday’s competition. The winners in each age division will go on to represent the city and Alameda’s Elks at a district shoot-off scheduled for late January.

National winners’ names inscribed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

The contest begins at local parks, where boys and girls ages 8-13 are invited to make 25 free throw shots, participating as many times as they like. The top three shooters in three age groups move on to the city finals.

More than 3 million youths participate annually in the national contest. The local contest is sponsored by Alameda Elks #1015 and conducted by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.

The Alameda Point Gym is at 1101 West Redline Avenue.

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  • James Pruitt says:

    This article brought back a near-fifty year memory.

    In 1963 I was in a basketball shooting contest sponsored by the Alameda Parks and Recreation Department, one of the many programs influenced by Mr. Lil Arnerich in Alameda. This contest was the ancestor of the current contest sponsored by ARPD and the Elks.

    Like now, each park in the city had a contest and the winners from each park competed against each other in a program similar to the one today. I competed is a sixth-seventh grade division. My hope was to win a trophy, a prize reserved for the top three finishers. The year before in the fifth grade division, I had tied for third but lost a three-way shoot out: no trophy.

    On February 1, 1963, this article appeared on page 7 of the “Alameda Times Star”:

    “Basketball Skill Champs Chosen”

    “Champions were crowned in the Alameda Recreation Department basketball skills contest last night in the Alameda High School gymnasium….

    “Class C – Larry Wayne of Estuary with 20 points….

    “Close competition featured the evening and two divisions needed playoffs to determine the champions. In class C Chris Speier and James Pruitt each finished with 14 points. Pruitt tallied five points in the playoff and Speier took his turn and tied again by scoring five points. After a short rest, Speier took his turn first for the second playoff and caged five points. Then for the third time the boys tied when Pruitt caged five points. However, Speier of Franklin won the fourth attempt over Pruitt of McKinley and finished second in his class….”

    This was the apex of my athletic career but it certainly was not for Chris Speier and Larry Wayne. Both went on to become outstanding athletes at Encinal and Alameda High Schools and Speier had an all-star major league career with the Giants.

    I’ve told Mr. Arnerich in recent years how great his influence on Alameda youth was. A great athlete himself, he set up programs where no-skills kids like me could compete and develop memories about losing and winning all in Alameda and all under the watchful eyes of the Parks department.

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