Hannah Wynn took first place and Kayla Talbot finished second in their respective age groups in the Knights of Columbus Central Region Free Throw Competition. They were among nine local boys and girls representing the Sister Lydia Longley Madeleine, Council No. 13140 in Groton who advanced to the regionals at Nichols College in Dudley after winning the local contest.
The Central Region Competition is one of five held in the state, with winners proceeding to the Massachusetts State Finals. The Free Throw Competition is an annual event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Each contestant is allowed 25 free-throw attempts and ranked on the number sunk.
On the girl’s side, Hannah sank 12 of 25 shots to win the 12-year-old girl’s bracket, qualifying for the State Finals. In the 10-year-old girl’s bracket, Kayla Talbot made 10 of 25 shots to finish in a tie for first place, then battled through two tiebreaker rounds before finishing in second place. Other competitors on the girl’s side were Jordan Wynn (4th in the 13-year-old age group) and Gillian Lindquist (5th place in the 14-year-old age group). Jordan was the top local girl’s shooter on the day, making 17 of 25 free throws.
The boy’s side saw two fourth place finishers from Groton, Andrew Grant (9-year-old) and Christopher Smith (10-year-old); two third place finishers, Jeremy Keast (12-year-old) and Patrick O’Reilly (14-year-old); and a sixth place finisher, Sam Smethurst (11-year-old). Jeremy Keast was the top local boy’s shooter, making 20 of 25 free throws.