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Free Throw Championship winners advance

By Shari Harris Co-Publisher
The Knights of Columbus held the local level of competition for their annual Free Throw Championship Sunday, Jan. 12, at the FEMA gym in Licking. Boys and girls ages 9 to 14 were eligible to participate and despite the frosty conditions, the competition drew more participants this year. After allowing up to an hour of practice time, the Knights organized the children into their respective age groups. Children nine to 11 shot from a closer free throw line, with a smaller ball. Girls of all age groups used a smaller ball as well. When the competition began, one or two Knights assisted with rebounding and encouragement while another closely watched for line violations and kept track of shots and baskets. Three practice shots were given, then fifteen shots for a score. Twelve athletes participated this year. Winners were as follows: nine-year-old girls - Daniella Young; nine-year-old boys - Ryan Haslett; 10-year-old girls - Keely Gorman; 10-year-old boys - Jerr…
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