Knights of Columbus to host free-throw contest
Who is the area's best free-throw shooter?
For girls and boys age 10 to 14, that question will be answered Sunday at the Knight's of Columbus' annual free-throw shooting championship.
The competition will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tonganoxie High School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.
The competition will be broken into four separate divisions: Boys 10 and 11, girls 10 and 11, boys 12-14 and girls 12-14.
Each participant will shoot 15 shots. Whoever makes the most shots in each division wins. Winners will advance to the district competition in February.
Ties will be broken by five-ball shootouts until one participant has made more.
The winner of the district competition will advance to March's state championship. Whichever state champion makes the most free throws during the state competition will be named as national champion.
This year, the push for event organizers has been to get the word out about the event and to increase participation from a year ago.
"We had a really bad turnout last year. There were only eight to 12 there," said Paul Haverkamp, event coordinator and Knight's of Columbus member. "We usually have 20 to 30 kids, and we're really trying to get back to that level."
He said that advertising through the local media and by word-of-mouth should help attendance return to those numbers.
The Knight's of Columbus is a national Catholic service organization of about 1.5 million members whose primary focus is on helping children, the underprivileged, and those with mental or physical handicaps.
Boys and girls who are 10- and 11-years-old will use women's basketballs and shoot from 12 feet.
The older age groups will shoot the ball that matches their gender from the regulation free-throw stripe, 15 feet away.
The event is free, and the winner of each division will win a certificate.