LEE COUNTY – Five boys and four girls from the local Ft. Madison, Houghton and West Point areas, ages 9 to 14 were named local champions of the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship, and have earned the right to compete at the district level. Knights of Columbus councils in Ft. Madison, Houghton, and West Point sponsored the local competition at the Holy Trinity Elementary school on Wednesday January 15, 2020. All youngsters ages 9 to 14 were eligible to participate.
The nine year old boys’ champion was Jack Ragar, Carter Gehling was the 10 year old winner, and Blake Mohrfeld was the 11 year old boys’ champion. In the 12 year-olds’ bracket, Nathan Box was the boys’ champion, and in the 13 year old boy’s division, Luke Hellige was the winner.
In the girls division, the 10 year old champion was Calli Kruse, the 11 year old winner was Adalyn Kruse, the 12 year old winner was Emma Mohrfeld, and the 14 year old champion was Mary Hellige.
Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contest. The 10 year old boys division was well represented, with 10 boys participating. Each division winner was awarded a Knights of Columbus basketball.
Each of these winners can compete in the district competition to be held on a date to be announced, with an eye toward moving on to the state competition to be held in Des Moines.