To qualify for the regional, the boys and girls had to finish first in their respective age groups at local contests conducted earlier by various Optimist clubs across northeastern Indiana.
First-place winners here advance to the District finals to be held Sunday, March 18, at New Castle’s Chrysler Fieldhouse.
The boys who finished among the top three in their respective age groups, plus the Optimist clubs they represented: Front row, left to right, Quinn Faulkner, 1st, 8-year-olds (West Jay), Derek Tabor, 2nd, 8-year-olds (New Castle), Aden Gerrian, 3rd, 8-year-olds (Brookville), Cameron Wise, 1st, 9-year-olds (Rushville), Cole McDaniel, 2nd, 9-year-olds (New Castle), Reid Claycomb, 3rd, 9-year-olds (West Jay), Andy Locker, 1st, 10-year-olds (Knightstown), Skylor Stevenson, 2nd, 10-year-olds (New Castle), and Brinnin Wasson, 3rd, 10-year-olds (West Jay). Middle row, from left, Mason Hardwick, 1st, 11-year-olds (New Castle), Landon McClish, 2nd, 11-year-olds (Bluffton), Matthew Paquette, 3rd, 11-year-olds (West Jay), Dallas Edwards, 1st, 12-year-olds (Knightstown), Clay McDaniel, 2nd, 12-year-olds (New Castle), and Nick Garcia, 3rd, 12-year-old (Bluffton). Top row, from left, Fisher Witham, 1st, 13-year-olds (Knightstown), Luke Weisenbach, 2nd, 13-year-olds (Brookville), and John Paquette, 3rd, 13-year-olds (West Jay).