Six boys and girls from Philipstown were named local champions of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level to be held later this month with an eye toward moving on to the regional, downstate and state levels of competition. Loretto Council #536 sponsored the local competition at the Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries Gym on Saturday, Jan. 11.
Each participant had to shoot 15 free throws. Madison Chiera won the 9-year old girl’s bracket by making seven free throws and Dillon Kelly won the 10-year-old boy’s bracket by making seven of his free throws. Olivia Monteleone made 11 free throws to take the 11-year-old girl’s bracket and Connor O’Reilly won the 11-year-old boys bracket by making 13 of his free throws. Dominic Maglio won the 12-year-old boy’s bracket by making 11 free throws and Sam Curto won the 13-year-old boys’ bracket by making 10 of his free throws.
Each youngster who entered the competition received a certificate of participation. The local champions will each receive an engraved trophy and championship certificate from Loretto Council.