10 youths shoot for success in contest


February 21, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TEN NORTHWEST-area youths will compete at the statewide Knights of Columbus free-throw basketball competition this weekend in Baltimore.

Competitors are Kelly Farley and Tyler Hill, in the 10-year-old division; Nicole Galford and Brett Leidy, 11-year-olds; Jacque Arnold and Sheldon Warehime, 12-year-olds; Jamie Farley and Nick Tarbert, 13-year-olds; and Brittney Bowie and Paul Galford Jr., 14-year-olds.

In the state competition, which will be held at Archbishop Curley High School, each contestant will be allowed 15 free-throw attempts from the foul line or closer, depending on his or her age.

These boys and girls won at the local contest, allowing them to advance to the Baltimore competition.

"I think there's going to be a lot of competition," said Jamie Farley, who with her sister Kelly plays basketball through Taneytown Recreation Council, which co-sponsored the free-throw event.

Jamie said she is more nervous about the competition this weekend than the local contest. Kelly was more philosophical.

"I entered the competition so I could compete against other people," she said. "I wanted to see if I could do it. I was surprised I did so well."

Sheldon Warehime was a bit shy about his local win. But his mother, Roxane Warehime, said she could hardly contain her excitement.

"I was really proud of him," she said. "He's played on two different teams since he was in first or second grade. He plays in the house, in his room, out of the house, everywhere."

The Knights of Columbus has been holding the free-throw competition internationally for more than 30 years, according to Allen Shatzer, who organized the local event.

St. Joseph Taneytown Council 11631 held its first free-throw competition in 1996, not long after the council formed.

"The competition enables youngsters to compete in an atmosphere of ecumenical friendship and true sportsmanship," Shatzer said. "The event is an important part of the Knights' fervent commitment to young boys and girls."

Nearly 30 area youths competed in the event.

Shatzer said it was one of the best turnouts the group has had.

Last year, more than 247,000 youths participated in the Knights' free-throw events throughout the world.

FSK alumni dance

The Francis Scott Key High School Alumni Association (Class of 1995) will hold a dance from 6 p.m. to midnight March 16 at Union Bridge Fire Hall.

A fried shrimp and turkey dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Dancing will begin at 8 p.m.

The cost is $20 per person for the dinner and dance, $15 per person for the dinner only, and $10 per person for the dance only.

Information: 410-848-2735.

Free tax assistance

Taneytown Senior Center, through AARP, is offering free tax assistance Tuesday at the center. Appointments are required.

Information: 410-756-4557.

Empowering women

Self-Defense for Women will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 2 at the Taneytown library branch.

Westminster Karate Training Center will provide the training.

Registration is required at 410-386-4488.

Business breakfast

Taneytown Business Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. March 1 at Taneytown Thunderhead Bowling Centre.

The speaker will be Charles Fleisher, a Washington labor attorney who specializes in the rights of employers.

Information: 410-751-1100.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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