Youth do well with free-throws

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Lincoln free-throw shooters did well at the annual Knights of Columbus-sponsored free-throw contest both locally and at the next level of competition. Local winners are Abbie Fairgold, 12; Elijah Garcia-Wisness, 10; Kaitlyn McKinney, 11; and Jackson Sterling, 11. In January, the Knights of Columbus began with a competition at Glen Edwards and Twelve Bridges middle schools. Having the competition while the students were in physical-education classes created an excitement that had participation at record numbers, according to Knights of Columbus’ Kevin Blake. More than 200 free-throw shooters were from the two Lincoln schools. At the next level of competition, held in Yuba City (district free throw), all Lincoln shooters who participated won their age groups and advanced to the chapter’s free-throw contest covering all of Northern California. This event was held locally last weekend at Twelve Bridges Middle School. Eighty participants, from Fairfield to the Northern California border, competed. First- to third-place participants received trophies. The first-place winners will advance to the state-level competition in Fresno in late March. Having regional events in Lincoln helped showcase the local facilities and also helped to provide a boost to the economy, according to Blake.