by Cori Hilsgen
Five boys and girls from the St Joseph area were named local champions of the 2018 Knights of Columbus basketball free-throw championship held Jan. 28. These children have earned the right to compete at the regional level.
Ten children participated in the competition at the All Saints Academy-St. Joseph upper floor gym.
Brady Thompson of Sartell was the 9-year-old boys’ champion, Alexis Finken of St. Joseph was the girls’ 11-year-old champion, Tatum Price of St. Joseph and Andrew Rogers of Sartell were the 12-year-old winners in the girls’ and boys’ division, and Tommy Smith of Rice was the boys’ 14-year-old champion.
Each contestant was allowed 15 free-throw attempts in the contests.
Each of the winners will compete in the regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Rocori Community Education Complex Gym. Those who win at the regional level will move on to the state level. All competitors will have 25 attempts at the regional and state levels.
The event is hosted by the Father Werner Council 7057 of the Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph and is open to boys and girls between the ages of 9-14 (as of Jan. 1).