Gazette Foul Shooting Contest to return after 10-year hiatus

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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— The Daily Gazette Foul Shooting Contest is coming back.

One of the highlights of the area’s high school basketball season for more than 40 years, the Daily Gaz­ette Foul Shooting Contest will return to the Pat Riley Center at Schenectady High School on Saturday, March 9, for the first time since 2003.

Section II athletes who played for either their school’s varsity or junior varsity basketball team during the 2012-2013 season are eligible to participate. Each school will be represented by no more than two boys and two girls. Registration for the boys’ event begins at 9:30 a.m., March 9, with the girls’ signup to begin at 11 a.m. The boys’ compet­ition will begin at 10 a.m., and the girls at 11:30 a.m.

Participants will be dressed in their team uniform and will shoot five free throws at five different baskets in an attempt to sink all 25 shots. Each athlete will begin the competition at a practice basket where he or she will take five practice free throws. They may then take an additional practice shot at each of the five regular baskets if they so desire.

There are 11 boys who have won the event with a perfect 25-for-25 score since the competition began in 1962. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Jeff Juron did it twice in winning both the 2002 and 2003 events. He is the only person to go 25-for-25 twice, and joined Perth’s Ron Cetnar (1963-64), Mont Pleasant’s Rit Rafalik (1973-74) and Fort Plain’s Brad Strait (1998 and 2000) as multiple winners.

The girls’ event had been held since 1982, and only Broadalbin-Perth’s Katrina Springer (1987-88) and Mohonasen’s Dawn Dagostino (1996-97) have been multiple winners. No girl has posted a perfect score, with the record of 24 set by Schenectady’s Jackie Knapp (1995) and matched by Bishop Maginn’s Val Klopfer (1998).

For more information, contact Schenectady High School athletic director Steve Boynton.

Reach Gazette Reporter Bill Buell at 395-3190 or

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