Mar 27, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorDemi Stauffenberg has the eye of a top-notch free throw shooter.
The Riverton 9-year-old recently won the local and state Elks Hoop Shoot contest to advance to the regional competition in Denver.
Stauffenberg placed third in her 8-9 age division at regionals.
She made 14 of 25 free throws for her finish.
Regionals were made up of the top free-throw shooters from Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.
Demi's mother is Central Wyoming College volleyball coach Tiffany Stauffenberg.
Her father is CWC athletic director and women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg.
"She has taken us on some fun fun rides, including baseball when she went all the way and won that in Denver," Tiffany said. "She is athletic.
She loves all sports. It has been pretty fun to watch her have that success already at the young age."
The regional winner came from Kansas. She made 18 of 25 free throws.
"I was just glad that I was there," Demi said. "It didn't matter if I got last or first."
The second-place girl, from Nebraska, hit 15-25 free throws.
"There were some good little shooters at regionals," Tiffany said.
"There were a lot of kids and to take third, we were very proud of her."
Demi hit 21 of 25 shots to win the state title.
"That was the best she did," Tiffany said. "
She had another little girl that was pushing her. That was pretty impressive."
The state competition was held at Casper College.
"It was pretty awesome to win state," Demi said. "At state, I was pretty nervous. Most of them were swishes.
Some of them hit the rim and bounced in."
Demi's routine at the foul line is dribble the basketball three times before she lets it fly.
At district, Demi connected on 18 of 25 from foul line.
In her age division, the line is four from the basket.
"She is up at CWC a lot with practices," Tiffany said.
"She does get in the gym a lot. She does have a little bit of an advantage."
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