Elks Hoop Shoot

set for Saturday

at Ludlowe

The annual Fairfield Elks Lodge's national foul-shooting contest, the "Hoop Shoot" is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. The contest will be held at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. The contest is free and no preregistration is necessary.

The event is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 13 who will not be 14 by April 1, 2014.

There are three age groups -- 8 and 9 year olds, 10-11 and 12-13 -- with boys and girls competing separately. Elks officials ask that the age 8-9 group should arrive by 1 p.m., 10-11 by 1:30 and 12-13 shooters by 2:15 p.m.

Each contestant will take 25 free throws to determine the winner in each of the three age groups.

The 8-9 participants shoot from a line four feet closer to the basket. Age group is designated by the shooter's age on April 1.

The six winners on Saturday will then compete in the district finals, also to be hosted by the Fairfield Elks Lodge, at Fairfield Warde on Jan. 5, 2014, where the winners from the surrounding towns will compete for a spot in the state finals.

Winners continue to advance, culminating in national championships held in April.

In the 40 years of the contest, four local youths reached that level -- Cathy McGillicuddy in 1976, Dan Pangrazio in 1988, J.D. Fetcho in 2001 and Matt Doyle in 2007.

The contest is open to residents of Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton and Redding.

For additional information, call (203) 767-6372.

Football fans

at Warde-Ludlowe

prove generous

High school football fans in Fairfield this year put the "giving" into Thanksgiving Day.

The Fairfield Warde High School Gridiron Club said it delivered to Operation Hope hundreds of foods items and toiletries, plus $150 in cash donations, collected during Warde's Thanksgiving Day game against Fairfield Ludlowe on Nov. 28., won by the Mustangs by 44-20.

Operation Hope is the local nonprofit organization that operates the town's homeless shelter, a community kitchen and food pantry that serves the needy who live in the area.

Word of the collection was spread through the Warde and Ludlowe communities, the Gridiron Club said, and the items collected during the game filled the bed of a pickup truck.