Hayden Pryor, age 12, a 7th grader at MAMS (Merrick Ave. Middle School), won the NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Free Throw Contest in the 12 Year Old Boys Division on April 5, 2014, at the West Point United States Military Academy. This contest was sponsored by the NY State Council of the Knights of Columbus and hosted by the WEST POINT CADETS! Hayden competed in the 4 rounds of competition of the NYS FreeThrow Contest, beginning with the Local Qualifier at Sacred Heart Church in Merrick. After winning that round, he went on to win the Nassau County Championship at Kellenberg HS by making 23 baskets of the 25 Free Throws. Then on to the Long Island Regionals at Chaminade HS where he sunk 22 out of 25 Free Throws to win. The next and final step was the final NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP held at the West Point Military Academy! This competition was fought out with the 3 State finalists in each age group. Hayden won this final battle by hitting 22 out of 25 Free Throw shots again! With only 3 misses, he took first place AND the final New York State Championship! The New York State Council of the Knights of Columbus runs this STATE competition every year for boys and girls ages 9 through 14 in ALL of the CYO basketball parishes throughout NY State. Congratulations to Hayden Pryor on his amazing ride to winning the New York State Championship!! And thanks to the Knights of Columbus for hosting this great event every year for the kids of NY!