Free throw contest Jan. 27

January 17, 2013 

The annual Basketball Free Throw Championship Tournament, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Yosemite High School Harry Baker Gym.

All Mountain Area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the contest. All participants will compete in their respective age divisions.

Winners of the annual Oakhurst free throw championships will progress through district and state competitions.

Last year more than 120,000 youth basketball players participated in over 3,600 local competitions throughout the state.

Everyone who participates in the Jan. 27 event will be recognized with a certificate. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. Entry forms will be at the gym on the day of the event.

For early entry forms or additional information contact: Tony Tucker, (559) 760-7406, mratucker@hotmail.com.

The local Knights of Columbus council has produced three state free throw champions -- Alyssa Sayre (2002), recent Pepperdine University graduate and four -year basketball player Katie Menton (2003), and Samuel Burnheimer of North Fork who won his title last year in the 11-year-old division.

In addition to Burnheimer, three area sharp shooters advanced to the state finals last year -- Kylee Slocum,10, placed eighth; Madison Stretch, 11, placed sixth and Tristan Eames, 12, placed eighth at the state level after winning their age divisions at the regional level.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 14,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $154 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, families and youth.

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