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Children participate in basketball competition

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -More than a dozen children showed off their basketball skills in a free throw competition in Lawton Saturday.

Boys ages 9 to 14 competed in the 2016 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The event is put on by the volunteer based organization annually. Starting at 9 o'clock Saturday morning each participant was required to shoot 15 free throw shots. Participant Will Trachte eventually won the 11-year-old age group by making 10 of his 15 shots, but had to battle in a second round for the top spot against one other participant.

"I think I did pretty well. I think I could have done better in the regular round, but I did pretty well in the shoot off," said Trachte.

Knights of Columbus Trustee Matt Benner says he's been a member of the organization for about 15 years. Benner says each year he wants the competition to teach young people about the benefit of civic engagement.

"I think it's really important for us to be involved in, for one to have the young people in there understanding the volunteer-ship that we do in the community and that they understand that. Plus it to get the youth involved in some kind of sports activities," said Benner.

The children who won their age group at Saturday's competition will go on to compete at the district competition in February. Those competitors will come from surrounding areas, including Duncan and Chickasha.

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