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Updated: 01/18/2014 08:00:01AM

Eight win trophies at free throw show

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William "Billy Bob" Morris, chairman of the Knight of Columbus Council 7091 Free Throw Championship, addresses contestants and members of the Polk State College varsity basketball team, before the competition began on Sunday, Jan. 12. A total of 31 boys and girls from throughout Polk County participated in the shoot off. The event was preceded by a free basketball clinic conducted by PSC basketball coaches and varsity players.


First place winners in the Boys and Girls divisions at the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at Polk State College in Winter Haven. The Girls' division winners, kneeling (left to right) are Kaitlin Rogers, 11; Dorria Skipper, 12 and Sarah Smith, 13. There were no girls in the Girls 10 and 14 year old divisions. Boys division winners, standing (left to right) are Leo Landron, 14; Darius Reynolds, 13; Cole Steinmetz, 12 and Don Skipper, 10, who led all contestants by making 12 of his allotted 15 free throws. Not present when this picture was taken was Armando Pabon, who won the Boys 11-year-old title. All of the winners will now compete in the district Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at St. Joseph's School in Winter Haven at a date to be determined.

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Ten-year-old Don Skipper of Winter Haven, Fla., connected on 12 of his 15 free throw attempts to lead a field of 31 boys and girls who competed in the 2014 Knights of Columbus Council 7091 Free Throw Championship on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Polk State College in Winter Haven.

Skipper, a student at Chain O’Lakes Elementary School, won the boys 10-year-old division with his dazzling performance from the free throw line. Skipper and seven other first place winners in the local contest will now go on to compete in the district K of C Free Throw Championship.

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