Several Mountain Area children ages 9 to 14 were crowned winners of the 2016 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship held last month at Yosemite High School.
With the wins, they move on to compete in the District Shoot Off held in Fresno Feb. 13.
The winners made the most shots out of 15 tries:
* 9-year-old boys: Noah Graffigna, eight shots made
* 10-year-old boys: Bryce Rutty, nine made
* 11-year-old girls: Elsa Smock, seven made
* 12-year-old girls: Emma Graffigna, eight made, two in follow-up shootout
* 12-year-old boys: Juan Fuentes, four made
* 13-year-old boys: Jackson Thearle, 10 made
* 14-year-old girls: Linnea Lienau, nine made
* 14-year-old boys: Paul Antonis, nine made
The Oakhurst Area Knights of Columbus council has produced three state free throw champions — Alyssa Sayre (2002), Katie Menton (2003), who played four years for Pepperdine University, and Samuel Burnheimer (2011).