Kids test basketball skills

MANSON – The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship eventually goes on to state, and then international levels. But it starts with small local competitions like the one held Sunday afternoon at the high school in Manson.

“Basically the Knights of Columbus supports families,” said event organizer Randy Waller. “This is a family program.”

The competition is for boys and girls from ages 10 to 14, he said. As they progress to bigger venues, they have the chance to win trophies.

Brian Pearson, 11, of Manson, won the boys’ division by making 13 out of 15 free throws. Anna Holloway, 10, of Manson, was the only girl to compete and won with 7 out of 15. Both winners will go on to the district competition in Fonda. The date has not yet been set.

The Manson Knights of Columbus chapter started five years ago, and has held the competition every year. The larger competition has been going on since 1972.

It’s just one of the number of youth events put on by the Knights, Waller said.

“In our council, we’ve done a soccer contest, a drug and alcohol abuse poster contest, a spelling bee,” he said.