Kegler takes 3rd in national hoop shoot

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May 6, 2019 - 10:16 AM

CHICAGO — Dierks Kegler was unfazed heading into a shoot-off to decide third place at the Elks Hoop Shoot National Final. 

Last year, the 10-year-old from Moran took 11th in the 8-9 year-old division and now, even with the added provisos of using a regulation size basketball and shooting from the actual free throw line, Kegler was just five successful free throws away from a top-three finish and a trophy that’s about half his height. 

His competitor was nervous. Who wouldn’t be? Months upon months of preparation had led to this point in a Chicago high school gymnasium. Both Kegler and his competitor had made 24 of the previous 25 shots. Kegler, though, was as chill as a Chicago winter. 

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