Like Mother, like son!
Following in the footsteps of his athletically-gifted mother, Holly (Logghe) Olson, Glenwood City fourth-grader Brody Olson won the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw contest in the boys’ 9-year-old division on Saturday, March 24 in Wisconsin Rapids.
[emember_protected] Brody connected on 21 of his 25 charity tosses to claim the title. Ironically, his mother also won her state title by making 21 of 25 free throws back in 1986 to claim the girls’ 11-year-old crown.
While hitting 21 of his 25 attempts is quite an accomplishment, Brody had to survive not one or two shoot offs but four to claim the state free throw championships.
That’s because Brody along with two other boys finished atop the nine-year-old leader board with scores of 21.
The trio then entered a five-shot shoot off until a winner could be determined.
After the first five-shot round, Brody and another boy each hit three of five free throws while the third young man was eliminated with just two made shots.
In the second round, both Brody and his remaining competitor sank four of their five free throws which prompted a third round of five shots. Again both boys hit four of their five attempts.
This initiated a fourth and final shoot off.
The other young man again canned four of his five free throws.
It may be best to let Brody’s mom, Holly, explain what transpired next.
“He (Brody) calmly hit 5 of 5 for the nine year old boys’ state championship,” wrote the proud mother in an email to the Tribune.
“It was pretty exciting as people were cheering for both boys as they went back and forth and everyone else was done shooting.”
To make it to the state contest, Brody had to win three other competitions.
He first won the local free throw contest in Glenwood. He then won the District competition held at St. Croix Central on February 11 by hitting 20 of 25 free throws. Brody then went to Ladysmith for the regional competition on March 10 and he again took first place by hitting 19 out of 25 shots to advanced to the state competition in Wisconsin Rapids.
Three other Glenwood City elementary students joined Brody Olson at the regional competition in Ladysmith – Brady Klatt, Lillie McGee and Steven Booth.
Klatt, a seventh grader, placed fourth in Ladysmith after taking first in both the local and district competitions in the 12-year-old boys’ division.
Six-grader Steven Booth also picked up a pair of first-place finishes in the 11-year-old boys’ competitions at the local and district levels before placing fourth at regionals.
Like Olson, Lillie McGee is in the fourth grade at Glenwood City elementary and competed in the nine-year-old division for girls. Lillie copped a pair of first-place showings in the local and district competitions. In Ladysmith, McGee finished third.
Only the top two place winners in the regional competition advance to the state contest. [/emember_protected]