Capt. Kevin Dixon, Norwood Junior High hoopster, who rang up an amazing score of 43 points in a single game last Friday against Brookline to shatter an all-time individual scoring record, clipped his own mark Tuesday afternoon by hitting for 45 points in the Framingham Freshman game played here for Norwood’s seventh consecutive win.
The amazing Kevin threw strikes and pinpointed 22 field goals and one-single charity toss to boost his 7-game total of points to 213. His superb performances last Friday lasted only four days on the Norwood record books. Easily one of the top schoolboy scorers in the state, Kevin figures to add more in the remaining 5 games that Norwood has to play this season “I have one of the best bunch of boys who ever played for me on my Junior High teams.” stated John Dixon, Kevin’s father who coaches the Junior High powerhouse year after year. “They’re a fast-breaking lot and simply love to play”
“The kids set a sizzling pace for themselves. And have loads of teamwork and spirit in them. They’re just wonderful. I hope they don’t become too confident in the future, for we’d like to enter the Eastern Massachusetts Junior High tourney later this season in the same winning form”.
Kevin, a 14-year-old ninth grader, who stands 6 ft. 5 inches in height, towers head and shoulders over an eager and fast-hitting team coached by his illustrious father Kevin, in 7 games, posted the following scores Natick, 17, Revere, 28, Framingham, 24, Needham, 37, Brockton. 21, Brookline, 43. and Framingham, 45, for a new record. The young giant had 37 against Needham last year for a record. He tied it this season against Natick. In two Framingham games, Kevin hiked his season’s total to 69 points. Visiting coaches continue to ogle young Dixon’s agility. All of the coaches have asked if Kevin is entering Norwood High. They hope that he’ll be leaving for some other school where he can shatter records against other teams instead.
Norwood High coach Andy Sefalai, whose basketball varsity has lost 5 games in the 7 played, would love to have this lad swish the nets for his team, but school rules in Norwood prevent the Junior High star from competing.
Kevin is a tremendous standout. He boasts a jump shot, and plays a superb game all around. Off the backboards, there’s none belter of the mates he has played against in three years. His reach is gargantuan. His hold on the ball enables him to play it skillfully on the rebounds.
Kevin takes pride in playing with Mark Barrett, Arthur Armour, Paul Wodjag, Martin Glebus, Peter Sansone. Peter O’Connor, and his own brother Peter who subs for the first team. Loads of substitution is Coach Dixon’s rule. He has to keep the boys all happy, for many of them want to and can play good basketball. And with an Intcrcloss League in the school, the coach has the gym jumping with basketball players most every day of the week.
Coach Dixon’s teams have been entrants 8 times in the EMASS Jr High Basketball Tourneys. Norwood last year lost to Natick in the quarter-finals. In ’53. Norwood lost to strong Rindge in the finals.
Rules have changed in the past year to prevent boys older than 16 from playing in this tourney. League President Carl Clem, Watertown Junior High athletic director shares good wishes for Kevin Dixon whose father he played with, and against, during High school days Both of the gentlemen bring in teams for the tourney eliminations.
Clem, formerly of Norwood, prides himself on the fact that an old classmate’s son is a “chip off the old block ”. Kevin twice has played in the schoolboy basketball tourney—this year will mark his third.
Kevin, no doubt, gets his basketball prowess from his father who played for Norwood High under the late Coach Bennie Murray, and the two pro teams known a few years as the Pere Marquettes, and the Boston Whirlwinds, who made shambles of the best.
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