Feb 062013

Eight boys and girls from Groton and neighboring towns were named local champions of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship last week and will go on to compete at the District level.

Each contestant was allowed 15 free-throw attempts and with extra rounds of five free-throws held in the case of a tie. The boy”s high-scorer on the day was Tyler LeClerc in the 15-year old bracket, who was a perfect 15 of 15 at the free throw line. Tyler is now a four-time champion of this event, winning his age group every year he has competed. On the girl”s side, Gillian Lindquist and Avery Dichter, competing in the 13-year old bracket, tied for high-score each making 11 of 15 free throws. Gillian then won the bracket through an extra round shoot-off tie breaker.

The girl’s champions were Hannah Wynn in the 11-year-old bracket, Jordan Wynn in the 12-year-old bracket, and Gillian Lindquist in the 13-year-old bracket. Runner-ups for the girls in the 11 and 13 old brackets were Anna Rimkus and Avery Dichter, respectively.

The boy’s winners were Bradley teDuits in the 10-year-old bracket, Connor Keegan in the 11-year-old bracket, Evan Cook in the 12-year-old bracket, Dean Tornaritis in the 13-year-old bracket, and Tyler LeClerc in the 14-year-old bracket. Runner-ups for the boys in the 10 through 13 year old brackets were Colin teDuits, Joe Bushnell, Brian Scott, and Brandon Tedford.

There were many close and exciting competitions throughout the day, with 28 young boys and girls stopping by the Peter Twomey Center for the event. In the 11-year-old boy”s bracket, Connor Keegan and Joe Bushnell found themselves tied at 12 shots a piece after the initial round. The competition went to the second tie breaker round of shooting, where Connor went 5 for 5 to edge out Joe for the win. Similarly, in the 12-year old boy”s bracket, the competition also went to a second tie-breaker round of shooting, where Evan Cook edged out Brian Scott by one shot to win the age group. In the 13-year old girl”s bracket, Gillian edged out Avery for the win by one shot in the first tie-breaker round.

The Knights of Columbus would like to thank all participants and their parents for making the 10th Anniversary of our competition a successful one. Sister Lydia Longley Madeleine, Council No. 13140 in Groton, sponsored the local competition held at the Peter Twomey Youth Center on January 27. Congratulations and good luck to our winners as they move on to the District level of competition to be held in Leominster on February 9, with an eye toward moving on to the Massachusetts Central Region competition to be held in March.