Age group winners of the 2016 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship, held in Mondovi on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 20, include, front row, left to right, Hunter Sandberg, 9, Max Marten, 11, Carter Lessman, 10, Evan Gray, 12, Brooklyn Bauer, 9; back, Steven Aguilar, 13, Carter Johnson, 14, Emmy Everson, 12, Paige Everson, 10, Karissa O’Connell, 13. Not pictured—Sarah Fath, 12.

Local youths compete in annual Mondovi K of C free throw championship

Gray shoots perfect score from charity stripe


Mondovi and Gilmanton youths toed the free throw line at the Mondovi School on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 20, to determine who would take home age group awards and overall titles at the 2016 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.

Forty-two children ages 9-14 competed in this year’s shootout, which invited all area youths falling within the age range to participate.

Eleven boys and girls were named local champions and earned the right to compete at the district level.

Evan Gray shot a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line to claim the top score overall, notching his third-straight K of C free throw title. On the girls’ side, three shooters shared the overall title with identical 11-for-15 efforts from the line. Twelve-year-old competitors Emmy Everson and Sarah Fath tied with Karissa O’Connell, 13.

In the nine-year-old division, Brooklyn Bauer was the girls’ champion while Hunter Sandberg took the top spot on the boys’ side.

Of the 10-year-old competitors, Paige Everson claimed the girls’ title for her second free throw title and Carter Lessman was tops amongst the boys.

Max Marten was the 11-year-old boys champion.

With his top shooting performance, Gray was the 12-year-old boys’ champ while Everson and Fath were co-champs for the 12-year-old girls.

Of the 13-year-old free-throwers, Steven Aguilar was the winner for the boys while O’Connell was the girls’ winner.

Carter Johnson, 14, took the top spot in his age group to round out the first-place winners.

Age group winners had the opportunity to compete at the district competition, held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Immaculate Conception Parish in Eau Claire, for the chance to advance to state and international levels.

Local winners will be recognized during halftime of the Mondovi boys varsity basketball game vs. Elk Mound on Tuesday, Feb. 2, where the championship trophies will be presented.

Mondovi Council #5193 sponsored the local competition, which was coordinated by Jason Weiss.


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