Local Athletes Shine At KofC State Free Throw Contest



2017 Northern New Mexico State Champion competitors and coaches, from left, District Deputy Harry Montoya, Lukas Ulibarri (Los Alamos), Josh Sanchez (Espanola), Adam Montoya (Espanola), Benjamin Sanchez (Los Alamos), Joshua Woodson (Los Alamos) and Los Alamos K of C Youth Coordinator Roger Anaya. Courtesy photo

Local Athletes Shine At KofC State Free Throw Contest

Submitted by Carol A. Clark 

More than 70 boys and girls ages 9-14 from around the state participated in the annual Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Contest March 18 at Bernalillo High School. District champions from Northern New Mexico were among the athletes participating and included several champions representing the Valley and surrounding communities.

2017 State Champion competitors who placed first through 3rd. Courtesy photo

This year’s state free throws championships were very competitive as spectators witnessed three of those championships go into tie-breakers including one that lasted through 5-tie breakers. All three local competitors representing the Los Alamos Council placed in this year’s event, two were crowned state champions and one was runner-up:

  • Benjamin Sanchez continued his impressive shooting as he won the 9-year-old state championship;
  • Lukas Ulibarri brought home the 10-year-old state championship trophy.
  • Joshua Woodson, the third and final Los Alamos representative, was involved in a very competitive 13-year-old division and finished 2nd place.

Overall, all Northern New Mexico district free throw champions shot very well in the event.

Coach Roger Anaya said, the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council would like to congratulates Sanchez, Ulibarri and Woodson for their great performances at both district and state competitions.

“We are very proud of you,” Anaya said. “We also would like to thank all of the boys and girls who participated in this year’s local competition and encourage all eligible kids to consider participating in future Knights of Columbus free throw competitions. Our local Council has seen at least one champion crowned in seven of the last eight years and this year was extremely special as all three local competitors placed (including two championships) in this year’s state competition.”

Benjamin Sanchez, 9-year-old 2017 State Champion. Courtesy photo

LukasUlibarri, 2017 10-year-old State Champion. Courtesy photo

Joshua Woodson, 13-year-old State Runner-up. Courtesy photo