Lockport KofC crowns free throw champions

Contributed Story Posted 18 January 2018 at 9:15 am

Contributed Photo – In the first row are Roger Cordle, Benjamin Trotter, Tanner Schultz and Jack Strong.  In the back row are Past Grand Knight Todd Fragale, District Deputy Vince Reisch, Riley Bell, Gracie Cordle, William Rahill, Grand Knight Marty Johnston and Youth Director Philip Kauppinen. Not pictured were helpers Sean Rahill and Delaney Fragale.

Seven boys and girls from Niagara County, ages 9 to 14, recently were named local champions of the 2018 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level.

The nine-year-old boys champion was Roger Cordle. Benjamin Trotter was the winner of the 10-year-old boys’ division. In the 11- year-olds’ boys bracket, Tanner Schultz was the champion. Twelve-year- old winners were Riley Bell and Anthony “Jack” Strong. The 13-year-old division champions were Gracie Cordle and William Rahill.

Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contests. Ties were settled by successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged.

Each of these winners will compete in the district competition to be held on February 17th at DeSales Catholic Schools with an eye toward moving on to the state and international levels.

Lockport K of C Council 319 sponsored the local competition at DeSales Catholic School. All youngsters ages 9 to 14 were eligible to participate.