- Eighth-grader Alexx Huff doesn't practice half-court shots much.
At the end of basketball practice, he's usually too tired to try and make 40-footers. But Huff had plenty of energy two weeks ago, when he stepped onto the court during halftime of a varsity basketball game in Rhinelander.
"I'm really nervous, I'm really shaky," Huff said, remembering the night. "There's a lot of people watching."
Huff was randomly selected to take part a shooting contest held during every game. The contest ends with a half-court shot.
"When it first left my hand, I really felt good about the shot," he said. "When it hit off the backboard and went in, I was really surprised."
"It's really exciting," said Jennifer Taege, the president of the Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation (RASF).
The shooting contest raises money for the RASF, which has given away $300,000 to graduating seniors in the last five years.
"We do it to make a difference in the kids in Rhinelander's lives," Taege said. "Hopefully they'll continue on with their education and maybe come home and make our community better."
Huff went home with $320.
"Since my mom bought me the tickets, I split money with her," he said. "Then I have the $160 to myself."
The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation gives away thousands of dollars every May. It's always looking for volunteer help to staff events, sell items, and fundraise. Visit its Facebook page by clicking the link below.