Morgan Elementary third grader Rodriguez Thomas, son of Roderick and DeAndra Thomas, won the 8/9 year old boys state title in the Elks Lodge State Free Throw Shooting contest held at Frankfort, Kentucky on February 6.
Thomas, winner of the west division of the state, competed against the winner of the eastern division of the state. In the match his competitor went first, completed 21 of 25 free throws for an 84% completion rate.
Thomas said he was nervous when his turn came, but felt confident.
"I thought I could hit 25 of 25," he said. "I concentrated and just focused on the rim."
Thomas completed 25 of 25 free throws for a 100% completion rate. Over the course of the contest, he has hit 66 of 75 free throws, an 88% completion rate.
After winning the contest, Thomas said he was happy.
"I just couldn't calm down," he said. "I was hyped."
With the win Thomas advances to the quad-state sectional, which will be held in Paris, Tennessee on March 13.
Morgan Elementary P.E. Coach Matt Thompson attributed Thomas' success to hard work.
"Rod is a worker," Thompson said. "It is evident that he has been practicing. He and his dad have put a lot of time in."