A Shot for Life has announced the participants for its second annual "Shot For Life Challenge", pitting the state's top high school shooters in a test of endurance to dub the state's best shooter.
Last year, 12 shooters from around Massachusetts convened at Hanover's University Sports Complex and shot jumpers for two hours, raising more than $10,000 for brain cancer research. Walpole High's Scott Arsenault won the inaugural event, shooting at a 91 percent clip for the two-hour span.
Sixteen of the state's best shooters will convene in Hanover for this year's contest. There will also be a girls' division, as well as a slam dunk contest.
Here is A Shot For Life's official press release on the event:
A Shot For Life, Inc. is pleased to announce its second annual A Shot For Life Challenge. The event will take place at the University Sports Complex in Hanover on August 2nd. The A Shot For Life Challenge is a one of a kind shooting competition that is open exclusively to the best shooters in the state of Massachusetts as chosen by our selection committee.
The money raised by all of our shooters goes to Brain Cancer research at both Children’s Hospital in Boston as well as the Dr. Curry Research Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. By accepting to become a part of this event, all of our shooters have committed to spending significant time and energy raising money for our cause.
“We are extremely proud of all of the new members of our A Shot For Life family and we’re very happy to welcome all of our still eligible shooters back from last year," said A Shot For Life founder and CEO Mike Slonina. "All of these tremendous young athletes have made the decision to use their extraordinary talent to raise money for Brain Cancer research which speaks volumes about them as people.”
There are two major upgrades from last year’s A Shot For Life Challenge. This year’s event will feature a girls division and we will conclude the event with a dunk contest. There are loose plans to include a point guard skills competition for the 2015 event next year.
The winner of the A Shot For Life Challenge gets placed in the A Shot For Life Hall of Fame and has their jersey number retired for all future ASFL events. To date, the two retired numbers are 24 and 11. Last year’s winner, Scott Arsenault, will present the championship trophy to this year’s winner.
The dunk contest roster will be added to during the summer, before the event. There is also a possibility that one or two more names will be added to the female shooting roster before the event on the first weekend in August.
Hayley Wardwell #22 (Cardinal Spellman)
Sam Hyslip #21 (Westford Academy)
Infiniti Thomas-Waheed #45 (Newton North)
Alana Gilmer #22 (Archbishop Williams)
Katie Nelson #4 (Bishop Feehan)
Bridget Herlihy #15 (Braintree)
Ashley Russell #10 (Braintree)
Emma Forbes #2 (North Attleboro)
Vanessa Edgehill #15 (Rivers)
Brandon Twitty #1 (Catholic Memorial)
Mike Nelson #2 (Bishop Feehan)
Ryan Boulter #23 (Mansfield)
Matt Kelley #12 (Canton)
Tommy Mobley #12 (Newton North)
Denis Tobin #31 (Catholic Memorial)
Ryan Roach #21 (Cardinal Spellman)
Jake Foote #20 (Duxbury)
Efthim Butka #31 (North Quincy)
Ben Judson #99 (St. John’s Prep)
Paul Calobrisi #21 (Westwood)
Chris Rodgers #12 (Franklin)
Matt Hanna #22 (Catholic Memorial)
Jack Loughnane #5 (BC High)
Drew Myers #33 (Quincy)
Shaquan Murray #3 (New Mission)
Dunk Contest Roster:
Anthony Green (North Quincy)
Guillien Smith (Catholic Memorial)
Nick George (Cardinal Spellman)
Nick Lynch (Lawrence Academy)
Sidney Limage (Archbishop Williams)