Twelve-year-old Hope DeFazio likes the game of basketball.
This is the third year the Bishop Ludden student has participated in the Baldwinsville Optimist Club's Foul Shooting Contest at Baker High School. In 2008, she won a third place trophy and in 2009, she won a fourth place trophy.
Persistence and practice paid off for DeFazio in the 2010 foul-shooting contest. She came in first place this year in the five-feet-tall or taller category, sinking six out of seven foul shots. Her sister, Hannah, hopes to follow her older sister's footsteps next year.
Michael Brussel, 11, from Van Buren School came in first place in the under five-foot-tall category.
Other winners in the five-feet-tall or taller category were: second place Corey Massett, 13, from Ray Middle School; third place Noah Catalano, 10, from Elden Elementary; fourth place Todd Nolan from Ray Middle School; and fifth place Grant Reeves, 12, also from Ray Middle School.
Other winners in the under five-feet-tall category were second place Zsemlye, 9, from Elden Elementary; third place Eric DelMonico, 10, from Reynolds Elementary; fourth place Jasen White, 9, also from Reynolds; and fifth place Nathan Johns, 9, from Van Buren Elementary who won after three shootouts to break a tie.
The Baldwinsville Optimist Club would like to thank the Baldwinsville School District for letting us use the Baker High gym for this event.
Optimist Donald Varn, right, congratulates Hope DeFazio, age 12, from Bishop Ludden School on her winning first place in the five-feet-tall or taller category in the Baldwinsville Optimist Club Foul Shooting Contest held April 10.