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Hayden Pryor, N. Merrick 12 year old, WINS NY State Title!!

Cadets at West Point hosted NY State Knights of Columbus STATE CHAMPIONSHIP  Free Throw Contest FINALS..
Cadets at West Point hosted NY State Knights of Columbus STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Free Throw Contest FINALS..
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!   
Dave Thomas April 17, 2014 at 07:25 PM
All I can say is hard work and practice is what it's all about. Congratulations on a job well done. I think you ought to become a free throw coach for all the pitiful free throw shooters in the NBA. I told my son many years ago that free throws end up winning a majority of close games. He went 7-8 in a high school game down the stretch to win the game. Keep up the good work and I will be looking for your name in years to come in box scores since your coach will have the ball in your hands when the other team needs to foul to try to get back in the game. I assume you watched UConn win the NCAA title this year. Foul shooting got them there in part especially down the stretch. Great story to read about a home town young man. I guess you played for Coach Wilen at school or will very soon. My son played for him back in the late 1990's.

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