Twelve boys and girls from Baker, Ekalaka, Miles City, Plevna, and Wibaux, ages 9 to 14, were named District Champions of the 2017 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to send their scores onto the state level. The council contests at the local level were held in January. The winners from the council contests were the competitors in February’s region wide district shoot that included kids from all corners of southeastern Montana. The Miles City Council #1518 sponsored the District Contest at the Sacred Heart gym.
Nine-year-old champions were Madison O’Connor of Plevna in the girls’ bracket and Sincere Ely of Baker in the boys’. Fraya Baker of Miles City was the 10-year-old girls’ champion and Jaren Lingle of Baker was the winner of the 10-year-old boys’ division. In the 11-year-olds’ bracket, Fallon Bosckis of Miles City was the girls’ champion and Ryder Lee of Miles City was the boys’ champion. Twelve-year-old winners in the girls’ and boys’ divisions were Ashlyn Kate Lutts of Wibaux and Logan Muri of Miles City. The 13-year-old girl’s division was won by Emily Shumaker of Baker and the boys’ by Seth Kennedy of Ekalaka. Fourteen-year-old champions were Halle Burdick of Baker in the girls’ bracket and Konner Flint of Baker in the boys’. Each contestant shot 25 free throw attempts in the contest with 3 shots allowed for their warm-up. Ties were settled in successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged.
The most baskets made on the girls’ side was by 13-year-old Halle Burdick of Baker. Burdick made 19 of 25 shots for a free throw percentage of 76% from the line. On the boys’ side, it was 12-year-old Miles City shooter Logan Muri. Muri sunk 21 of 25 shots from the line for an 84% shooting percentage.
Montana does not hold a live free throw championship at the state level. In lieu of travelling to the far reaches of the state, each of the winners’ individual scores from both the council and district championships will be sent to the state level and tallied against the winners from other districts. Montana State champions will be announced in April.