Curt Honeyman brings home the gold

Local basketball coach Curt Honeyman recently brought home a gold medal from the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah. After thinking for several years about participating in a basketball shooting competition, he prepared, entered, and won.

Curt Honeyman
Curt Honeyman

By LEWELLYN RUSTAN
For The Herald

Local basketball coach Curt Honeyman recently brought home a gold medal from the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah. After thinking for several years about participating in a basketball shooting competition, he prepared, entered, and won.

The Huntsman World Senior Games include 31 sports with contestants at least 50 years of age.  In this 30th anniversary edition of the games, more than 11,000 athletes from 38 countries competed for gold, silver and bronze medals.

He won his gold medal in the age 55-59 division of Basketball Shooting.  The contestants shot 25 free throws, and six shots from three point range.   Free throws were worth one point each, and the three point shots earned three points for each basket made.  Honeyman scored 37 points out of a possible 43.

The best ever score had been achieved by an 82 year contestant who connected on 24 free throws and all six three point shots, for a score of 42.

He shared the gold medal with world renowned basketball shooter Jim Paulet from California, who also scored 37 points.  Paulet has career highlights of shooting 741 free throws in a row, and 74 three pint shots without a miss.

Honeyman’s first event at the games was the Hot Shot competition.  Contestants had one minute to make as many shots as they could from 15, 18, and 20 feet.  He didn’t do so well.  “I was totally a nervous wreck,” Curt admitted.  Pauley set a Hot Shot record.

Honeyman, a 24 year veteran high school basketball coach, said “the anxiety level was about the same as coaching in a regional tournament.  The butterflies are still there.”  He admits he misses coaching.

His wife Tamey helped him get ready for the games in Utah.  They spent a lot of time in the gym in Regent.  “I think she’s kinda glad it’s over,” Honeyman said.  “For two months, she rebounded, and rebounded, and rebounded.”

In 2011, another local athlete won a medal at the Huntsman games.  Harold Bach set a record for the 50 meter dash in the 90-94 year old division.

For more information about the event, visit Huntsman World Senior Games on the internet.

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