Spirit Lake K of C Crowns 2015 Youth Free Throw Champions
Mon 1-12-2015 
SPIRIT LAKE –
More than twenty girls and boys ages 9 to 14 participated in the 2015 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship last weekend, and ten earned the right to compete at the District level. Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 in Spirit Lake sponsored the local competition at Spirit Lake High School, which drew kids from Spirit Lake, Okoboji, Milford and Lake Park.
The 9-year-old winner in the boys’ division was Cade Hassel and the 10-year-old winner was Ethan Backhaus. Ella Stoll was the 11-year-old girls’ champion and Max McCaffery won the boys’ bracket. Maggie Bramhall championed the 12-year-old girls’ division and Max Bower represented the boys. The 13-year-old winners were Ella Skinner on the girls’ side and Jaden Rueter for the boys. Rounding out the competition was the 14-year-old girls’ division, won by Cameron Quance, while the boys’ champion was Ryan Schmidt.
Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts for the Council level championship. Every participant received a recognition certificate. Each winner received a plaque and certificate, and is eligible to compete in the District competition February 8 at Spirit Lake High School, with an eye toward moving to the Regionals at St. Mary’s High School in Remsen, then State and then International.
Spirit Lake’s Kaisha Brown won the international level competition several years ago.
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 church, councils, communities, families and youth.
Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043, based at Spirit Lake’s St. Mary’s Parish, sponsors annual events including the Free Throw Championship and the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee, slated for February 10 at Spirit Lake Middle School. They also run the Soup and Pie Supper in November, and the Tootsie Roll Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Labor Day weekend, benefiting local organizations.