Hancock’s Bagley wins Elks Free Throw Hoop Shoot

HANCOCK — Kaylee Bagley put her free-throw shooting prowess on display once again Saturday afternoon when she won the Elks Free Throw Hoop Shoot New England title at Deering High School in Portland.

The Hancock Grammar School fifth-grader made 20 of her 25 attempts from the free-throw line to take first place in the competition’s 10-11 age group. Bagley’s win earned her a spot in the national championships April 27 in Chicago.

Bagley’s win was her second in a free-throw competition this month; on March 9, she claimed the state’s Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship title at Old Town High School.

Last year, Bagley became Knights of Columbus international champion when her 23 makes in 25 attempts at the state championships were determined to be the best among all competitors from her age group in the United States and Canada. She had previously placed first in the Elks competition’s 8-9 age group in 2017 before an illness prevent her from entering the 2018 event.

Kaylee began shooting free throws after spending years watching her brother, Jacob, participate in competitions. Jacob won the Elks Maine Soccer Shoot in October.

Those wishing to extend a congratulatory message to Kaylee can do so via the Elks website.

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