Groton Knights of Columbus announce free-throw champions


Ten boys and girls from Groton and surrounding towns, ages 10 to 14, were named local champions of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level.

Sister Lydia Longley Madeleine, Council No. 13140 in Groton, sponsored the local competition held at the Peter Twomey Youth Center on Jan. 29.

The girl’s champions were Lauren Wilmot in the 10-year-old bracket, Jessica Tranfaglia in the 11-year-old bracket, Brielle LeClerc in the 12-year-old bracket, Hannah Wilmot in the 13-year-old bracket, and Shalee Callahan in the 14-year-old bracket. Runners-up for the girls in the 10-, 11-, 12- and 14-year-old brackets were Jaxiannette Marquez, Rachel Romich, Gillian Lindquist and Kara Jussaume, respectively.

The boy’s winners were Jeremy Keast in the 10-year-old bracket, Evan Cook in the 11-year-old bracket, Ben Wadden in the 12-year-old bracket, Tyler LeClerc in the 13-year-old bracket, and Corey Romich in the 14-year-old bracket. Runners-up for the boys were Jared LeClerc, Connor Estes, Brandon Tedford, Teddy Estes and Jimmy Tranfaglia.

Each contestant was allowed 15 free-throw attempts in the contest, with extra rounds of five free-throws held in the case of a tie. There were many close and exciting competitions throughout the day, especially in the 12-year-old boy’s bracket, in which there was a two-way tie at 10 after the initial round.

In the first extra round of shooting, Wadden went four for five to capture first place, while Tedford made three of five shots to capture second place. Tedford had won the 11-year-old boy’s bracket in last year’s competition. On the girl’s side, Callahan becomes the first five-time champion of the event, winning her age group each year since 2008.

The boy’s high-scorer for the day was Romich, who sank 14 of 15 free throws. The girl’s high-scorer was Callahan, who made 12 of 15 free throws.

The Knights of Columbus thank all the participants and their parents for the event’s success and congratulate and wish good luck to the winners as they move on to the district level of competition to be held in Leominster on Feb. 26, with an eye toward moving on to the Massachusetts Central Region competition to be held in March.