Mountain Area basketball players age 9 - 14 are encouraged to join the expected 120,000 players across the country who will participate in the 2018 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.
Tony Tucker is the coordinator for the Eastern Madera County competition which will be held 2 - 4 p.m., Jan. 21 at the Yosemite High School gym.
“There is no fee to participate in the free throw contest and all the shooters will compete in their respective age divisions,” Tucker said.
The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. This year the State Finals will be held in Fresno.
The Oakhurst Area Knights of Columbus Council has produced three state free throw champions - Alyssa Sayre (2002), Katie Menton (2003) and Samuel Burnheimer (2011).
Tucker explained that in addition to the free throw contest, there will be a 3-point contest for shooters 15, 16 and 17 years old throughout the state.
The Oakhurst event held a 3-point contest last year, but this is the first year the event statewide has official added the 3-point contest.
“I’m proud to tell you that our Knights of Columbus Council here in Oakhurst was the first in the state to hold a three point competition,” Tucker said. “As a direct result, our loyal District Deputy Mentor and State Free Throw chairman, Don Reitz, carried the idea to various state meetings and successfully had it put on the statewide program for this year. The Knights of Columbus are always trying to work with young people. In the past, when a person became 14 years old they could no longer shoot in the free throw competition. This year the older shooters will have the 3-point contest to participate in.”
Tucker explained that the 3-point shooters will be shooting from five different positions around the arch. It’s a timed event, with shooters having two minutes to take 15 shots.
“Scoring is simple,” Tucker said. “The first two attempts from each position is worth 1 point, the third shot from each position is worth 2” points which adds up to 20 points max. If a shooter crosses the 3-point line the shot will not count.”
If there is a tie, a tiebreaker will be used to determine the winner with each contestant having a total of 5 shots, one from each of the 5 positions.
All Mountain Area contestants will be recognized for their participation.
Details: Participants are asked to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact Tony Tucker, (559) 760-7406.
About Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with more than 1.8 million members in 15,000 local councils. Last year, the organization donated more than 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth.