Twenty-four young people participated in the annual Knights of Columbus Council 5095 free throw championships in Delhi last week.
“These are good numbers,” said Dan Verhoeve, co-organizer with Peter Bacro of the Delhi 2024 regional championships held on January 24. “It’s the thrill of competition, I guess.”
Divided into age categories from 9 to 14, the top boys and girls from Delhi Public School, St. Frances Cabrini School and Teeterville Public School each took 15 shots from the goal line. free throws at St. Frances.
“I just like to have fun,” said Quinten Ghesquière, winner of the 10-year-old boys division, scoring on seven of his 15 shots.
Ghesquiere said his goal is to win the Feb. 10 district event at Holy Trinity School in Simcoe, “and go from there.”
The district champions will qualify for the regional championship in London.
“They shoot 15 here, 25 at the district championships, 25 at the regional championships, add up the total, then send that score to the Supreme Council to decide the international champions, comparing those results with wherever there are Knights of Columbus ”Bacro said.
“There could be multiple winners of the trophies if the kids are tied,” Verhoeve noted.
Verhoeve and Bacro recall a year (2010-2011) when Delhi candidate Breanne VandeVen, who later played basketball with the Niagara College Knights, won the Ontario Knights of Columbus championship.
“She (VandeVen) went all the way,” Verhoeve said.
The Knights of Columbus first introduced free throw competitions in the winter of 1972-73, and it has continued ever since. Verhoeve and Bacro have co-organized the Delhi Council 5095 event for the past 15 years.
“I remember guys doing it when I was a kid – it’s been going on for a long time,” Verhoeve said.
He thanked local elementary schools for doing the preliminary work, narrowing the scope.
“All the children who want to take part do so at their school first, which makes it really easy for us. This is why we thank them here.
“I think they incorporate it into their gym class,” Bacro said.
St. Frances Cabrini won the Delhi Board Championship trophy with the highest number of first place winners.