Knights award state championships in free-throw shooting competition

The results are in from the Knights of Columbus Tennessee State Free Throw Championships held recently at the St. Rose of Lima gym in Murfreesboro.

Nineteen boys and girls from across the state participated in and were recognized at event. Six boys and five girls, ages 9 to 14, were named state champions at the competition. Marion Council 4563 in Murfreesboro hosted the event.

Boys winners were Conrad Wright, 9-year-olds, from St. Joseph, Madison; Carson Dunn, 10-year-olds, Council 12256, Nashville; Carter Kent, 11-year-olds, Council 4563, Murfreesboro; Jonas Reynolds, 12-year-olds, St. Joseph, Madison (a three-time winner); Ben Grove, 13-year-olds, Council 4972, Donelson; and Nicholas Kaczmerek, 14-year-olds, Council 8781, Knoxville.

Girls division state champions in the Knights’ contest were (from left) Ava Russian, Miley Uy, Carla Wingo, Megan Frana, and Adriana Shick. In back are (from left) Dan Hanley, John Beatie, David Zwissler, and Alan Stanley. Above:Winning state championships in the boys division at the Knights’ free-throw contest were (from left) Nicholas Kaczmerek, Ben Grove, Jonas Reynolds, Carter Kent, Carson Dunn, and Conrad Wright. In back are (from left) Dan Hanley, John Beatie, David Zwissler, Alan Stanley, and Tex Shellhart.

Runners-up were Sam Chady, 10-year-old boys, Council 8781, Knoxville; Logan Allen, 11-year-old boys, Council 8781, Knoxville; and Daniel Zubillaga, 14-year-old boys, Council 4972, Donelson.

Girls winners were Adriana Shick, 9-year-olds, St. Joseph, Madison; Megan Frana, 10-year-olds, Council 8781, Knoxville; Carla Wingo, 11-year-olds, St. Joseph, Madison; Miley Uy, 12-year-olds, Council 4972, Donelson ; and Ava Russian, 14-year-olds, Council 9317, Lakeland.

Runners-up were Leah Russian, 9-year-olds, Council 9317, Lakeland; RheaLee Haunhorst, 11-year-olds, Council 8781, Knoxville; Mary Pagel, 12-year-olds, Council 8781, Knoxville; and Georgia Forbes, 14-year-olds, Council 4972, Donelson.

Each contestant was allowed 25 free-throw attempts in the contests. Ties were settled by successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged. Each of the winner’s results will be sent to the Supreme Council for National Finals competition. The Knights of Columbus thanked all of the boys and girls who participated in the event.

Special thanks went to the following Knights who helped make this year’s event a success: state youth director John Beatie, state program director Alan Stanley, state community director Dan Hanley, state warden David Zwissler, district deputy for Middle Tennessee Tex Shellhart, event photographer Jerry Dougherty, local youth director John McNicholas, and Norbert Braunwalder, Mike Wortman, Bill Strebel, Bill Wright, Matt Owens, and Jack Schultz.

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