The Coshocton County Beacon April 26, 2017 - Page 33

APRIL 26, 2017 THE BEACON 33 Conkle wins Elks National Hoop Shoot Contest By Josie Sellers COSHOCTON – Cindy Gotti couldn’t be prouder of her grandson Colton Conkle. “He’s an amazing little boy,” she said. Gotti was one of several of Colton’s family members and friends who gathered outside his home Sunday evening April 23, to welcome him home from the Elks National Hoop Shoot Contest. The event was held Saturday, April 22 in Chicago, Ill. and Colton won the boys division for ages 8-9. “He was so calm even when he looked into the stands and saw everyone crying,” Gotti said . “He handles pres- sure well.” She was one of several who made the trip to watch Colton compete in Chicago. Many who waited to greet him also had on their Team Conkle t-shirts. “He has quite a following,” Gotti said. She especially appreciated Coshocton High School’s boys’ basketball team showing up to welcome Colton. “He loves all those guys and practices with them,” Gotti said. Colton is the son of Tiffany and Jeremy Conkle, who helps coach the boys at Coshocton High School. When Josie Sellers | Beacon they got back into town with their son on April 23 they Colton Conkle and his mom Tiffany were all smiles after were met by a Coshocton fire truck and a sheriff’s deputy thanking everyone who came to welcome him home who escorted them all the way home. from the Elks National Hoop Shoot contest, where he Tiffany knew a celebration for Colton was being earned the national title for his age division. For more planned, but wasn’t sure of all the details. photos, visit “This is very nice,” she said. “They did a great job. It’s an Josie Sellers | Beacon A crowd gathered at Colton Conkle’s house to welcome him home from the Elks National Hoop Shoot in Chicago, Ill. amazing welcome home.” In addition to earning his national title, Colton also earned an award for hitting 25 out of 25 free throws during his competition. “There were 72 shooters there and only two got a perfect score,” Tiffany said. Colton said he wasn’t sure what to think when he saw the fire truck and sheriff’s deputy waiting for them and was overwhelmed by all the support he received. Mark Fortune | Beacon RUMC members rise against hunger Members of the Roscoe United Methodist Church donated funds and their time to package more than 16,000 meals for the Rise Against Hunger program on Sunday afternoon, April 23 at the church. Pastor Dale Sutton said, “It feels great to do this. Our members were so generous in not only giving the money needed for the meals but we also have about 50 people here packing and having fun.” This marks the third year that the church has donated the funds for the meals and their time to package a balanced meal for the world’s population most in need in a high energy environment. Rise Against Hunger is an international organization with a goal of ending hunger around the world by the year 2030. You can find out more about the organi- zation at Cortney Ringwalt | Beacon Redskins battle Generals Coshocton High School’s Sam Fortune delivers a pitch on April 22 when the Redskins took on the Generals from Ridgewood High School. For more photos from the game, visit www.coshoctonbea-