POLAND — Four Poland Central School District students placed during the Elks National Hoop Shoot regional competition at Herkimer College.

Poland students first competed during physical education classes to see who would advance to Herkimer College in the age categories of 8-9 and 10-11 for both boys and girls — with only the first-place winner moving on.

The following students won first place at Poland and then finished in the following places at the regional competition:

• Third-grader McKenzie Parow, 8: second place in the girls 8-9 category.

• Third-grader Ben Zumpano, 8: third place in the boys 8-9 category.

• Fifth-grader Emma Kraszewski, 10: third place in the girls 10-11 category.

• Fifth-grader Carter Cookinham, 10: third place in the boys 10-11 category.

"We’re very proud of how they did," Poland physical education teacher Sandy Hitt said in a news release. "It’s a tough competition, and I’m always proud to have students go on and represent the school."

The regional competition took place during December at Herkimer College, and students’ parents attended as well, Hitt said, thanking the parents for being there.

Students each shoot 25 free throws during the competition, and the four Poland winners all said they got nervous with so many people watching them.

"The whole crowd was quiet," Emma said.

It was nice that this year, all four Poland students who went to Herkimer College placed in the top three, Hitt said.

"We’ve got four very good athletes coming up through our building," she said.