A-tisket, A-tasket, kids aim for the basket


The sound of bouncing basketballs dominated the Holy Name of Mary School gymnasium on Saturday morning as the Knights of Columbus hosted its annual Free-Throw competition.

The event is sponsored each year by local Knights of Columbus chapters, including the Father Thomas F.B. Carroll Council in Valley Stream. The Jan. 26 competition was organized by Jack Wagner, assisted by Grand Knight Gerry O’Brien and other members of the council.

It was open to boys and girls ages 10-14. Participants had 15 shots to make as many baskets as possible. The top shooter on the day was 12-year-old Malcolm Carter, who made 14 shots.

The winners in each age group will now move on to the regional competition, this Saturday morning at Holy Name of Mary. They will face off against the winners from other Knights of Columbus chapters, with a chance to move on to the state competition at West Point. The next rounds are the best of 25 shots.