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Flohr Jr. nets national runner-up spot

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

Kevin Flohr Jr. is bank when it comes to shooting free throws.

After earning his way to the Elks’ national free-throw contest for the second time in three years, Flohr, a seventh-grader at Glenwood Springs Middle School, shot his way to a second-place finish in the boys 12- to 13-year-old division.

“I can’t say how proud I am of him,” said Kevin Flohr Sr. of his youngest son’s achievement. “To finish second out of three-and-a-half million kids who compete is a huge accomplishment.”

The field in Flohr’s division was smaller than normal for the contest, but it fails to diminish his achievement, or the effort it took for the lifelong Glenwood resident to reach the national finals.

“To get ready for nationals, Kevin was shooting 800 free throws a day in our backyard court,” his father said.

To make the finals, a competitor has to win individual contests at the local, state and regional levels to earn a slot at the finals, held in Springfield, Mass.

Flohr, representing Glenwood Elk Lodge No. 2286, began his climb with a perfect score at the local event, held at the Glenwood Springs Community Center gym. His string of victories continued at the state finals in Denver and the West Central Regional competition, which featured the top free-throw shooters from four states.

Hitting a perfect 25-of-25 shots at the regional championship earned Flohr his second trip to the big show ” along with an all-expenses trip, provided by the Elks for him and his parents.

In 2003, he was the event’s 10-11 boys runner-up.

Prior to traveling to Massachusetts, the young marksman displayed his skills as a part of a 9News “In the Backyard” segment on the Denver television station’s morning news program.

Once the buzz of pre-event activity ended, the youngest Flohr finally had the chance to focus on the competition last weekend against 11 other finalists.

In the first round, Flohr sank 23 of 25 free throws to tie for the lead.

The tie was broken when Flohr hit four-of-five shots, to the eventual winner’s perfect five-for-five.

Still, to be measured up against the list of former Hoop Shoot finalists that include Indiana University All-American Steve Alford, Olympic gold medalist and former NBA star Chris Mullin and ex-Chicago White Sox standout Chris Snopek is an achievement unto itself.

Having reached the maximum age of Hoop Shoot competitors at 13, Kevin Jr. has new basketball goals to aim at, along with continuing to shoot free throws.

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