Hursey fifth in nation in free throw contest
Thomas Hursey of Suttons Bay finished fifth in the Elk’s National Hoop Shoot in Springfield, Mass.
He made 22 of 25 including his last 14 shots.
Joe Girard III from New York was the winner in the 10-11 age division making 25 of 25. Three other boys made 23.
Thomas was joined by his parents, Nicki and Todd, and sister Laura. Both sets of grandparents, Barb and Mike Kirt of Lake Leelanau and Tom and Tina Hursey of Okemos, also witnessed the feat.
“We were just so proud to be there and watching Thomas handle the nerves and perform on that level,” Todd Hursey said. “It’s remarkable.
“It’s also rare to make the trip twice.”
Thomas finished third in the nationals when he was 9. He made 23 of 25 that year from a shorter distance.
“He struggled when it was over because he worked so much harder for this one,” Hursey said. “There was some disappointment, but it didn’t last long.
“He understands what a great accomplishment it is.”