Ignacio youth score at Elks Hoop Shoot

Monica Lucero poses with her second place trophy during the Elks Hoop Shoot Contest at Fort Lewis College.
Bird Red is given a brand new basketball for his participation in the Elks Hoop Shoot Contest.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum

Southern Ute Tribal Members, Bird Red and Monica Lucero were both participants in the competitive Elks Hoop Shoot tournament held at Durango’s Fort Lewis College on Sunday, Jan. 25. The competition involved a number of modest youth athletes competing for the top prize in basketball free-throws. Participants from across western Colorado were in attendance, including players from Durango, Cortez, Montrose, Hotchkiss, Delta, and Ignacio respectively. Lucero placed second in the Girls 10-11 category, while Ryder was barely nudged out of the top three. Both players were awarded for their participation.

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