Letsche shoots his way to Free Throw Championship

Posted January 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

Dawn Joy

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DEVIN LETSCHE receives a gold basketball in recognition of his International Champion status. He’s pictured with Dennis Adelman, Youth Activities director, S.D. Knights of Columbus, and Paul J. Lambert, Supreme Director of the S.D. Knights of Columbus, and a board member.

Letsche shoots his way to Free Throw Championship

Devin Letsche, 12, of Miller, was appropriately honored Friday, Dec. 21 during the Miller-DeSmet basketball game for his expertise in sinking basketballs. That expertise led to his becoming an International Free Throw Champion.

Devin is the son of Vicki Letsche and Phil Letsche.

So how did Devin become an International Free Throw Champion? Practice – practice – practice, making all the baskets he could.

Devin began by participating at the local free throw contest hosted by the Knights of Columbus, where he shot and made 13 of 15 attempts and placed first in his age division.

The next step, Devin advanced to the District competition, where he made 20 of the 25 attempts, and a medal was awarded to him. The first-place win at Districts qualified him to participate in the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Contest, which was held March 4, 2012 in Oacoma.

At the State Free Throw Contest, Devin successfully made 24 out of 25 free throws. This score earned him first place in his age division and he received a trophy and an embossed Knights of Columbus basketball.

His score was sent to the international level, where scores are based on the number of shots made in 25 attempts. Devin was notified with a personal letter of congratulations from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight, Carl A. Anderson, that he was one of the recipients of the International Free Throw Championship Trophy commissioned by the Knights of Columbus. That trophy was presented December 21.

This same award was won by Tayt Vincent from Volga in 2011.

The Knights of Columbus have sponsored the Free Throw Contests for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 since 1972. 2012 marked the 40th year.