Elk Winners Advance To Kingman

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More than 70 youngsters flocked to Green Valley Park Sept. 28 to show off their skills in the annual Elks Soccer Shoot.

After a full morning of competition, Elk soccer chairman Brandon Maupin awarded trophies to first-place winners in age/sex groups from 7 to 13 years.

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Paige Rensch, 8, was one of the Rim country youngsters who took the opportunity to participate in the Elks Soccer Shoot held Sept. 28 at Green Valley Park.

With the wins, the champions are eligible to participate in the District competition Oct. 27 in Kingman. Winners there are awarded a berth in the state finals in December.

In the older age groups, contestants shot at a regulation size goal from about 10 yards away. Points were awarded on the accuracy of the shot.

The younger contestants took shots at a series of smaller goals placed along the turf.

The winners in the girls divisions were: McKenzie Creighton (7-years-and-under), Scout Harper (8-9 years), Cydney Figueroa (10-11 years) and Vanessa Trella (12-13 years).

Second-place finishers among the girls were: Darby Andrews (7-years-and-under), Taylor Kamp (8-9 years), Kayla Francis (10-11 years) and Nicole Geavaras (12-13 years).

Boys winners were: Weston Connolly (7-years-and-under), Shawn Hilgendorf (8-9 years), Joshua Frewin (10-11 years) and A.J. Hilgendorf (12-13 years).

Second-place finishers among the boys were: Dakota Kamp (7-years-and-under), Caleb Harrison (8-9 years), Dakoda Wholly (10-11 years) and Devin England (12-13 years).

If a first-place winner cannot compete in the district finals, the runners-up may take their place.

Elks officials say they are hoping the Payson area produces an athlete who can duplicate Ciara Wholly's efforts. Last year, competing in the 12-13 years age group, Wholly won the Payson, regional and state titles before advancing to the national championships in St. George, Utah.

Wholly didn't win the national title, but by reaching the finals, she advanced further than any other Payson representative had previously.

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