SPIRIT LAKE – Thirty girls and boys ages 9 to 14 participated in the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship last weekend, and six earned the right to compete at the regional level. Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 in Spirit Lake sponsored the local competition at Spirit Lake High School.
The nine-year-old winner in the boys’ division was Riley Reynolds and in the girls’ division the champion was Victoria Zemler. Dionte Fliss won the 10-year-old boys’ division and Brooke Smith for the girls. Isabella Backhaus was the 12-year-old girls’ champion and Jamison Helmers won the 12-year-olds boys’ bracket. Hannah Jennings won the 14-year-old girls’ division, while the boys’ champion was Jordan Kyle.
Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts for the Council level championship. And the top two finishers then shot 25 free throws for the District level championship score.
Every participant received a recognition certificate. Each winner received a plaque and certificate, and is eligible to compete in the regional competition February 23 at St. Mary’s High School in Remsen, with an eye toward moving on to the state and international levels. Spirit Lake’s Kaisha Brown won the international level competition several years ago.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated 70 million volunteer hours and $167 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, families and youth.
Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 sponsors annual events including the Free Throw Championship and the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee. They also run the Soup and Pie Supper in November, and the Tootsie Roll Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Labor Day weekend, benefiting local organizations.