A.J. Friedman, a sixth-grade student at Elkins Middle School, won the regional 12-13 Year-Old Hoop Shoot Competition March 9 in Frederick, Maryland, representing Elkins Elks Lodge No. 1135. He shot 22 for 25 and then went five for five in a tiebreaker to claim the win. He will travel to Chicago, Illinois, on April 27 to compete against 12 finalists from across the country. A.J. is a member of the EMS junior varsity basketball squad and the Randolph County Lightning travel team.