Free throw photo finish
Mckayla Mungal of Teeterville Public School takes part in the Delhi-La Salette Knights of Columbus Council Free Throw Championship at St. Frances school Jan 17. Mungal won the 12-year-old girls division and will move on to the district competition Feb. 10 in Langton. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer
Unlike past years when one school has dominated, the overall team title at the Delhi-La Salette Knights of Columbus Council Free Throw Championship came right down to the wire in 2018.
As 10 individual winners from five age categories (9-13) were announced at the Jan. 17 event, all three teams in the mix – Delhi Public, Teeterville, and host St. Frances – each had two of the first six. Delhi Public and Teeterville wound up tied with four winners apiece, but Delhi won by way of a tiebreaker.
“I've been part of this and it's pretty exciting,” said Delhi's Brady Daradics, winner of the 12-year-old boys category. “It's the first time I've been able to hold that (trophy). I've won here (individually) every time but we haven't won the whole thing (before).”
The event sees each shooter get 15 attempts -- and three warmups -- to sink as many baskets as they can. Some don't pay much attention to the scores of their rivals but that wasn't the case for Daradics.
“The plan was to try and shoot last and count to see how many my opponents got, just relax and try to beat them,” he said.
“I had (their scores) in my mind.”
Delhi Public School student Kiersten Schram, winner of the 9-year-old girls division, employed a much more simple approach to the competition.
“I was just trying to get it in the black square,” she said.
“I was just trying to block everything out.”
The winners of each division will move on to the district competition to be held Feb. 10 at Sacred Heart School in Langton. That event sees the best shooters from all of Norfolk take part with top finishers moving on to the regional level in London. From there, the scores from regions across Canada and the U.S. are gathered to crown both national and international winners.
Schram said she plans to “practise more at school” to be ready for the district competition.
Individual winners at the event were as follows:
9-year-old - Madalynn Rideout, Teeterville
10-year-old - Kiersten Schram, Delhi
11-year-old – Emma Howse, St. Frances
12-year-old – Mckayla Mungal, Teeterville
13-year-old – Alexya Skinkle, Delhi
9-year-old – Ryan Beal, Teeterville
10-year-old – Jackson Becker, Delhi
11-year-old – Jared Wesseling, St. Frances
12-year-old – Brady Daradics, Delhi
13-year-old – Dylan Van Schalkwyk, Teeterville