Helmers Qualifies for State as K of C Youth Regional Free Throw Champion

Mon 3-3-2014

Okoboji Middle School’s Jamison Helmers was named champion of the boys’ 12-year-old bracket of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Regional Free Throw Championship and earned the right to compete at the state level. The regional battle took place February 23 at St. Mary’s in Remsen and was sponsored and run by the Knights of Columbus.

More than 60 children participated in the state-qualifying event from regions including LeMars, Remsen, Marcus, Kingsley, Cherokee, Sioux City, Salix, Onawa, Moville, Ida Grove, Odeboldt, Danbury, Charter Oak, Ute, Denison, Dow City, Larchwood, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley, Hawarden, Akron, Alvord, Ashton, Sheldon, Hartley, Sanborn, Granville, Spirit Lake, Estherville, Milford, Graettinger, Spencer, Laurens, Pocahontas, Fonda, Storm Lake and Manson.

Congratulations to the winners who qualified for the State competition on March 16, 2014, at the Clarion-Goldfield high school gym in Clarion, Iowa. They include: Boys 10 - Mason Gerleman; Boys 11 - Cade Pepper; Boys 12 - Jamison Helmers from Milford; Boys 13 - Joel Johnson; Boys 14 - Spencer Gress; Girls 10 - Danika Demers; Girls 11 - Kayla Dykstra; Girls 12 - Taryn Hintz; Girls 13 - Brianna Jensen; Girls 14 - Tori Nuzum.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated 70 million volunteer hours and $167 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their churches, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth.

Locally the Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 sponsors annual events including the Free Throw Championship and the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee. They also run the Soup and Pie Supper in November, monthly omelet breakfasts and the Tootsie Roll Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Labor Day weekend, benefiting local organizations.