Wilson is K of C free throw state champion
CONSTANTINE — Twelve-year-old Haylie Wilson, a sixth-grade student at Constantine Middle School, is the new Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw State Champion, making 22 out of 25 shots in a competition held on March 12 at Mount Pleasant. Wilson began to compete on Feb. 5 when she entered a local competition making 12 out of 15 shots. Next was a district competition when she made 22 out of 25 shots. Both competitions were held in Three Rivers. She next entered a regional competition held in Kalamazoo, and made 18 out of 25 shots.
“Sports are my hobby. I’m excited I won, and I work hard practicing,” she said.
Wilson participates in cross country, Michiana Mystique Softball in South Bend and Tipping Point Basketball in Elkhart, Ind.
Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14. The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to the district, regional, and state or provincial levels. From there, some make it to the international level for championship competition in their group. International champions are chosen on the basis of state-level results.
Last year more than 120 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 15,000 local councils. Last year, they donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable causes.
Angie Birdsall is a freelance writer who primarily covers Constantine.