Free throw shooting ability of Lexi Dodds recognized by K of C

 

Ten-year-old Lexi Dodds won the Knights of Columbus All-Ontario free throw shooting competition for the second year in a row. Dodds was presented with the trophy recently at the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Knights annual barbecue. (RTT Photo by Josh Beneteau)

Ten-year-old Lexi Dodds won the Knights of Columbus All-Ontario free throw shooting competition for the second year in a row. Dodds was presented with the trophy recently at the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Knights annual barbecue. (RTT Photo by Josh Beneteau)

By Josh Beneteau

 

There is no 10-year-old in Ontario who can shoot free throws like Lexi Dodds… literally.

Dodds won the Knights of Columbus All-Ontario free-throw competition for the second year in a row and was presented with her trophy at the 4th Degree Knights annual barbeque.

Dodds and her family didn’t know she had won before the barbecue. Instead of having the families travel for a competition, scores are tabulated in regions and compared against each other to decide a winner. So when the chairman of the competition, Clare Bondy, called Lexi’s name to give her a trophy, her whole family was surprised.

“We were very surprised,” Lexi’s dad and basketball coach Tim Dodds said after learning she had won. “She was upset with herself that she didn’t make as many as last year, she’s a perfectionist.”

Dodds made 22 of her 25 baskets to win the Windsor and Essex County region at Cardinal Carter Secondary School in Leamington Feb. 1. Last year, as a nine-year-old, she made 23.

Besides being point guard for the Windsor Valiants, which finished third overall in the province last year, Lexi also pitches and plays shortstop for a travel baseball team. But basketball is the sport she loves the most and hopes to continue to play into high school.

“I just practice a lot,” she says.

Bondy, who has volunteered with the competition for over 10 years, says it is rare to see someone win two years in a row.

“It’s no small feat believe me,” he said.

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