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Hill Country Elementary Student wins Texas State Basketball Free Throw Championship

By Alan Zimmel, Council 10258

Vol. 4, 2016-2017


L-R: Council 10258 Grand Knight Shawn Groff, Parents Roy and Norma McClure, Basketball Free Throw Chairman Tom Doebbler and District Deputy Scott Scheidt recognize Jazele Martinez as a KofC Texas State Basketball Free Throw Champion. Photo Courtesy: Council 10258.

Knights of Columbus (KofC) Council 10258, recognized Hill Country Elementary School student, Jazele Martinez, as the Knights of Columbus Texas State Basketball Free Throw Champion during their regular council meeting held on March 21. Jazele, the daughter of Roy and Norma McClure, participated in the 9 year age group. Her basketball free throw talent enabled her to advance through several levels of competition, starting at the local level at Hill Country Elementary School, at the district level at Bandera Middle School, then Diocesan Level at St. Peter and St. Joseph Gym in San Antonio and finally at the Texas State competition held on March 4th at Barbara Bush Middle School, San Antonio. When asked if she was nervous about competing at the state level Jazele casually responded with a confident smile and said “no”; a women of few words but remarkable actions. Her paperwork has been sent to the National Office for possible honors at the National level.

Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14. Council 10258 has supported this youth activity since 1997 and according to this year’s chairman, Brother Tom Doebbler, this is the first time a youth from Bandera has achieved a championship at the state level. For her efforts Jazele was awarded a medal for her first place finish in Bandera, a medal at the Diocesan Level and a KofC Basketball and trophy at the state level. The Bander Council presented Jazele with a State Championship T-shirt. Congratulations Jazele on your outstanding accomplishement.

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