Henning fifth grader to compete at national hoop shoot

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Henning fifth grader Easton Misegades will compete at the national hoop shoot contest on Saturday in Chicago, Ill.

By Chad Koenen


Easton Misegades is continuing what has become almost a family tradition on the basketball court. The Henning School fifth grader qualified for the national hoop shoot contest, joining his older brother Kale Misegades who qualified for the national contest 2017.

“I couldn’t really comprehend it right away,” said Easton Misegades when he won the five state regional hoop shoot in Iowa in March. 

Misegades connected on 24 of 25 free throws at the five state regional meet, which was the top of all shooters of any age at the contest. The second place finisher connected on 22 of 25 shots. 

In addition to his older brother Kale qualifying for nationals, Misegades’ brother Tyson also competed in the hoop shoot. 

The national hoop shoot will be held on Saturday at Wintrust Arena, home of the WNBA Champion Chicago Sky and DePaul Blue Demons in Chicago, Ill. Misegades said he remembers going to the national hoop shoot to watch his brother compete in 2017, but this time around, his brothers will stay behind due to spring baseball games. Misegades will be joined by his parents, Randy and Becky Misegades, as well as his grandparents. 

The family will arrive in Chicago on Thursday and participate in a number of events around the area. Misegades said one of the things he is looking forward to is attending a Chicago White Sox game. 

Getting to the national contest was not an easy task for the rural Henning resident. In order to qualify for the national contest, Misegades won the Henning School and regional hoop shoot at Wadena-Deer Creek School. He also won a regional contest in Brainerd, Minn., the state contest in Hutchinson, Minn. and the five state regional contest in Iowa.