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Pleasant surprise: New England 9-year-old Matthew Bock reaches Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals

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Nine-year-old Matthew Bock lives on a farm near Amidon.

Lately, Bock hasn’t had to do too many chores.

Bock helped win a free vacation for his parents — Kevin and Rachel — as he claimed a spot in the Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals, which begins today in Springfield, Mass.

“It’s just a huge relief, because I knew I’m going to nationals,” Bock said. “This is a huge deal.”

Though Bock reached the national finals, it wasn’t an easy journey.

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