The Fourth Annual Grand Canyon State Winter Games has expanded to include 17 sports. The event is scheduled for Feb. 19 and 20, Feb. 25 to 27 and March 3 to 5 at the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff and various sites in the Phoenix area.
The events to be contested include 5-on-5 basketball, skiing, billiards, shooting, wrestling, tennis, softball, lacrosse, BMX bike racing, bowling, cycling, in-line ice hockey, 4-on-4 flag football and indoor/outdoor volleyball.
Executive commissioners this year are Phoenix Suns star Tom Gugliotta and Arizona Diamondbacks standout Luis Gonzalez.
The event is billed as "America's premier Olympic-style Winter Sports Festival."
Entry forms are available at local Circle K stores.
Call (480) 517-9700 for more information or visit the Web site at www.gcsg.org.
The Elks annual Hoop Shoot competition was held at Julia Randall Elementary School gymnasium Jan. 29.
Champions in the girl's division were Rachel Wallace (8-9 years-old), Tess Martinez (10-11 years).
Boys age group winners included Max Siverson (8-9 years), A.J. Hilgendorf (10 -11 years) and Sean Nissen (12-13 years).
Runner-ups in the three age groups were Steven Hilgendorf, Hunter Hardt and Darryl DeWeese.
Elks hoop shot chairman Bob Troutman presented the age group champions with trophies. Also, the first-place finishers are eligible to compete in the district finals held Feb. 19 in Flagstaff.
The North American Youth Sports Alliance will hold its annual spring youth basketball tournament March 24 to 26 at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix.
The tournament will feature 10 different brackets including fifth-and sixth-grade boys; fifth and sixth-grade girls; seventh-grade boys; seventh-grade girls; eighth-grade boys; eighth-grade girls; ninth- and 10th-grade boys; ninth- and 10th-grade girls; 11th- and 12th-grade boys; and 11th- and 12th-grade girls.
All grades are based on the grade in which the student is currently enrolled.
The entry fee for the tournament is $90 and guarantees each team a minimum of two games. There will be awards presented in each bracket. Entry deadline is March 3. Call 1 (888) 629-2275 for more information.
One of the most eagerly anticipated events at the recently concluded Copper State Jam held at Tonto Apache gymnasium was the half-court shot.
At half-time of the games, tournament director Steve Rensch drew a lucky spectator's name from a hat and allowed that person one shot. If made, it was worth $100 in prize money.
The Phoenix Suns went one better Sunday evening allowing a spectator to shoot from half court. The prize was a new Dodge truck. The man chosen, Mark Rogers of Chandler, sank the shot and drove home with a new vehicle.
Meanwhile at the Copper State Jam Jan. 30 in Payson, a youngster from Sedona sank a half court attempt and pocketed $100 in prize money.