K of C Free Throw Championship


By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship will be held at the local level on Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Licking FEMA gym. Sign-up and practice begins at 12 p.m. and competition starts at 1 p.m. All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are encouraged to participate in this free event, held by age division. Sunday, Jan. 19, is the designated snow day if necessary.
All free throw shooters are recognized at the local level with Council Champion Certificates and trophies are given to the winners.
The local Knights of Columbus Council 12650 with Knights from Licking, Houston and Roby has been sponsoring this annual event for 10 years.
Local competitions have produced district and state competitors. Taylor Dawson was one of three local girls who qualified to go to State finals in the 2011 competition. Dawson took second place in the 10-year-old girl’s division.
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Competitors at the 2011 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. 
Pictured are (front) Taylor Dawson, who advanced to State competition, 
McKenzie Cook, Michela Elledge, Devin Elliot, Austin Satterfield; 
(back) Bethany Sherbo, Mikayla Brown, Nathan Wilson 
and Justin Davis. Local Knight member Richard Hofstetter is at the side. 
Not pictured, Joshua Rutledge.
Winners at the local level will progress to the district competition to be held in Willow Springs at the Mumford Gym on Saturday, Feb. 1. At this level, winners are recognized with competition medallions and move forward to regional competition.
Regional competition is to be held at the Springfield Catholic High School gym on Saturday, Feb. 22, with plaques awarded to the winners.
For those free-throwing their way to State competition, it will be held in Columbia on Sunday, March 8, at Father Tolton Catholic High School. Trophies are awarded in this final competition.
At the state level the Free Throw Championship has been held since 1972. Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions.
Parents must sign in for their children at the local level; if your child progresses to the next level you will need to provide proof of age.
Regulation-size basketballs will be used in the competition and normal rules of basketball regarding free throws apply for all levels of competition.
For entry forms or for more information, contact Jim at 573-674-4163 or Rich at 417-260-1805.

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