Knights of Columbus crowns free-throw champions

Seven boys and girls from Miles City ages 9-14 were named local champions of the 2017 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on Sunday and have earned the right to compete at the district level. 

The 9-year-old champion in the boys’ bracket was Bridger Muri, while Fraya Baker was the 10-year-old girls’ champion.  

In the 11-year-olds’ bracket, Fallon Bosckis won the girls’ championship and Ryder Lee was the boys’ champion. 

Winners in the 12-year old girls’ and boys’ divisions were Alora Baker and Logan Muri. The 13-year-old boys’ division was won by Sam Layton.

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. 

In the 11-year-old boys’ bracket contestants Jack Layton and Ryder Lee had to move into successive rounds. Both boys made seven free throws apiece in the first round. In the first successive round of five, Layton buried three of his five shots from the charity stripe. The crowd became tense before Lee’s fifth and final shot, a perfect swish that gave him four out of five in the round and made him the 11-year-old boys’ council champion.

Another highlight was the performance of the Muri brothers — Bridger, 9, and Logan, 12. Each made nine out of 15 free throws in their respective age brackets.

The winners will compete in the district competition in February with an eye toward moving on to the state and international levels.

Monsignor Thomas Hennessy Council 1518 in Miles City sponsored the local competition at the Sacred Heart school gym. All youngsters ages 9-14 were eligible to participate.