Free Throw Championship winners advance

                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Shari Harris
Attendance was increased for this year’s Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship, with 12 area youth competing at the local level of the competition. Front row from left, competitors were: Daniella Young, Ryan Haslett, Mikayla, Claire Benoist, Keely Gorman, Jonathan Hofstetter, Jerry Hofstetter and Mya Rinne. Back row from left were: Allie Benoist, Cameron Teems, Allie Hock, Garrett Gorman, Dakoata Hofstetter and Knights of Columbus representative Richard Hofstetter.
By Shari Harris

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.
                                                                                                                                                              Photos by Shari Harris
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 - Jerry Hofstetter; 11-year-old girls - Mya Rinne; 12-year-old girls - Allie Benoist; 12-year-old boys - Cameron Teems; 13-year-old girls - Allie Hock; 13-year-old boys - Garrett Gorman and 14-year-old boys - Dakoata Hofstetter. 
                                                                                                                                                              Photos by Shari Harris
And the winners are...
Winners of each age group advanced to the District Competition to be held in Willow Springs at the Mumford Gym on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Regional Competition will be in Springfield at Springfield Catholic High School and the State Competition is scheduled for Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia. Congratulations to the winners and good luck in the next level of competition!
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 15,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth



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