ELLSWORTH — This year’s Ellsworth Elks Soccer Shoot has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24.
The event pits youth soccer players of all ages against one another in a shooting contest that provides a stern test of each player’s accuracy and power. More than 500,000 youth soccer players are expected to participate this year as Elks lodges across the country host qualifying tournaments in the coming weeks.
Competitions are divided into boys’ and girls’ divisions with U8, U10, U12 and U14 classifications provided for each. The winners from each classification will advance to a district competition, where they will have a chance to reach the state and then regional championships.
Hancock County had one particularly noteworthy contestant last year as Jacob Bagley of Hancock won the local, district and state crowns at the U12 level. The wins earned Bagley the chance to compete in the regional championships in Colonie, N.Y., last November.
The competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School’s Del Luce Stadium. There is no charge for entry.