Fourth and Fifth Graders Compete in Town Hoops Contest

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Fourth and fifth graders at JFK and RCK elementary schools recently competed at the school level for the 34th annual Town of Islip Sharp Shooter Basketball Contest.

Sponsored since 1993 by the Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Islip Elks, the Sharp Shooter “Just Say No to Drugs” program offers local students the challenge of scoring as many baskets as possible in one minute, improving their skills in basketball while providing an alternative to drug abuse.

Winning first place for JFK at the school level were fourth-graders Andrew Bruno and Madison Greene and fifth-graders Avery Bowden and Joe Cardillo. JFK’s second-place finishers included Gabriel Acevedo, Ryan Bradley, Joe Commande, MacKenzie Godbout, Owen Madden and Olivia Shaw.

Taking first place for RCK at the school level were fourth-graders Hunter Guzman and Caitlyn Repiak and fifth-graders Kevin Defilipis and Lily Pasha.

Each school’s first-place winners moved on to participate in the townwide contest’s final round on March 7.