Kegler’s work ethic and love of basketball take him to national Hoop Shoot competition

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March 28, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Marmaton Valley fourth-grader Dierks Kegler, 9, poses with his regional hoop shoot championship trophy. Photo courtesy of Terra Kegler.

The best free throw shooter in the region under the age of 13 was dribbling around the Marmaton Valley High School gymnasium on a late Wednesday afternoon with his little brother.

The blue of Dierks Kegler’s Steph Curry T-shirt has faded, most likely from extensive wear. The Golden State point guard is Kegler’s favorite NBA player and his lethal shooting ability is something the fourth-grader aspires to.

He’s certainly off to a good start. Earlier this month Kegler was named the Regional Elks Hoop Shoot champion for the West Central region including Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

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