Friday, April 26, 2013

Local Teen Takes 3rd in Regional Elks Competition

Maddie Shepard, daughter of Steve and Stef Shepard of Greenville, participated in the Regional Elks Soccer Shoot on March 9th in Hagerstown, Maryland. Maddie won the local Greenville soccer shoot back in May of 2012 and then won the state soccer shoot in July. She advanced to the regional (and final) competition along with other representatives from Ohio. The Greenville Elks #1139 are proud to say that Maddie did a sensational job with a 3rd place finish. She helped the Ohio contingent to bring home the regional trophy a 2nd year in a row. Coincidentally, this is only the 2nd year that Ohio has participated in the regional shoot.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks sponsors a soccer shoot every year at the local, district, state and regional level. The regional level is a competition between the winners from the state soccer shoots in Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virgina and the combined area of Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C. Each contestant at this level received a free hotel stay, meals at the event, a full soccer uniform and a soccer ball. Maddie’s division was very, very close. She placed 3rd out of 6 competitors with 31 points. The winner of Maddie’s division won with a mere 34 points. Maddie was literally one goal away from winning the entire event. Quite an amazing feat! On behalf of the Greenville Elks #1139 and the rest of the B.P.O.E., I would like to offer our most sincere and hearty congratulations to Maddie for an Outstanding job!

The 2013 Greenville Elks #1139 Soccer shoot will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 11am – 2pm during the regular soccer games at North Park. Participants are encouraged to come early prior to their games to participate, but all are welcome whenever they can make it. Children ages 5 – 13 are welcome to participate. Their age is determined based upon how old they will be on August 1, 2013. Age groups are as follows: U-8 (7 and under), U-10 (8-9), U-12 (10-11) and U-14 (12-13). The competition is free and all participants will receive a cup of juice and a hot dog just for participating in the competition. Winners in each age group will move on to the district competition held in Greenville on June 2nd.

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