There were plenty of swishes and high arcs, oohs and aahs and way-to-go’s at the Jan. 30 Knights of Columbus Council 4125 Free Throw Championship held at Queen of the Apostles Catholic School.

Youngsters participated in a nationwide competition for boys and girls ages nine to 14 held every January, February, and March. The contest is open to all students from public and private schools from any community. The progression of winners is from council level, on to district, then Diocesan (regional) and finally to state.

The council level at Tomah witnessed 20 participants. Tomah Knights of Columbus Council #4125 Grand Knight David Dechant oversaw the local event. The rules are as follows: After three warm-ups, each contestant tosses 15 consecutive shots. Contestants at the district, Diocesan, and state competitions shoot 25 shots. Boys and girls ages nine to 11 shoot from a 12-foot foul line. The normal 15-foot foul line is mandatory for both boys and girls ages 12 to 14.

Girls of all ages shoot the woman’s regulation-size basketball. Competitors ages 9-11 utilize the small basketball, and boys 12-14 shoot the men’s regulation-size basketball.

Girls winners: Age 9 Avary Chapman, age 10 Lily Noth, age 11 Brin Rewey, age 12 Olivia Wall, age 13 Brin Neuman.

Boys winners: Age 9 Boe Rewey, age 10 Breckin Sheldon, age 11 Brady Hall, age 12 Cole Schueler, age 14 Jared Rubenzev.

The local winners of the district free throw contest held at Tomah Feb.4 were girls Avary Chapman, Lily Noth, Brin Rewey, Olivia Wall, and Brin Neumann, and for the boys, the winners were Boe Rewey, Breckin Sheldon, and Cole Schueler.

All district winners are now eligible to compete at the Diocese-regional level to be held March 4 in Cashton.