Nine boys and girls from the local community, ages 9 to 14, were named Council 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. 25.
Each contestant was allowed 15 free-throw attempts in the contest, with extra rounds of five free throws held in the event of a tie.
On the boy’s side, the high score for the day was seven baskets, attained by Andrew Grant in the 10-year-old bracket, and on the girl’s side, Hannah Wynn had the top score, making 12 of 15 free throws in the 13-year-old bracket.
The girl’s champions were Julia Sgrosso in the 9-year-old bracket, Raelyn Callahan in the 11-year-old bracket, Hannah Wynn in the 13-year-old bracket, and Jordan Wynn in the 14-year-old bracket. Hannah and Jordan are repeat winners from last year.
Runner-ups for the girls in the 9-, 11-, 13- and 14-year-old brackets were Emma Shortsleeve, Kayla Talbot, Alexandra Grant and Erin Jussaume, respectively.
The boy’s winners were Cade Callahan in the 9-year-old bracket, Andrew Grant in the 10-year-old bracket, Ryan Taylor in the 11-year-old bracket, Jacob Strauss in the 12-year-old bracket, and Reed Callahan in the 13-year-old bracket. Nicholas Marquis was runner-up in the 11-year-old bracket.
This year offered many close and exciting competitions, with 16 young boys and girls stopping by the Peter Twomey Center for the event. The closest battle took place in the 11-year-old girl’s bracket, where Raelyn edged Kayla by a single basket. In the 13-year-old bracket, Hannah made two more shots than the runner-up Alexandra, who made 10 shots and had the second highest score of the day.
The Knights of Columbus would like to thank all participants and their parents for making our 12th annual competition a successful one. Congratulations and good luck to our winners as they move on to the District level of competition to be held in Townsend on Feb. 7, with an eye toward moving on to the Massachusetts Central Region competition to be held at Nichols College on March 21.