Noah Gerstner of Beloit won the 2018 Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Championship at Sacred Heart High School in Salina on Sunday, March 4th.
Gerstner, who was in the 11 year old boy division, made 23 of 25 free throws which tied him with last year’s state champion, William Wegerer of Cunningham.
To break the tie, both competitors shot 5 more free throws. Wegerer went first and made all 5 free throw attempts, but Gerstner made all 5 as well to force a second shoot-off of 5 more free throws. In the second shoot-off, Wegerer made 4 of 5 opening the door for Gerstner, who made all 5 again to win the State Championship!
In order to qualify for State, Gerstner won the local Beloit competition making 14 of 15 free throws. In the district round, held in Cawker City, Gerstner connected on 23 of 25 charity tosses to win district which moved him into the Regional contest in Tipton. At Regionals, Gerstner knocked down 23 of his 25 free throws to win district and qualify for State. Over the course of the four free throw contests, Gerstner made 93 of 100 free throw attempts (93%).
Noah is the son of Wade & Mandy Gerstner of Beloit.