S: Brandon Knight - Our not so "mini" athlete 2nd & 3rd Grade
FC: Play Ball! | Play Ball!
1: Flag Football Fall 2011 - 2nd Grade
2: GO TEAM!
4: Offense | Our Quarterback #10
6: Hand-off to Aiden | Running for a 1st down.
7: Carson ready to take off when Brandon hands-off the ball.... | You were awesome at grabbing those flags!!!
8: Happy 8th Birthday Brandon!
9: Offensive Plays in Action | Getting ready... | ...and there goes another perfect pass! | Looking for Cory... | He hands-off the ball... | Cory's off and Brandon will defend! | Brandon's 1st touchdown!!!
10: A pass thrown by Brandon - absolutely awesome in performance and a beautiful picture!
12: Rainy Day Football Every Boy's Dream
13: Final Game on a "REAL" Football Field - WOW! | A Fabulous Season!
17: 2nd & 3rd Grade Park District Basketball | Wow...I made it!
18: I'm not letting you by... | Yes! | Brandon defending the basket | Watch out, I'm coming through whether you like it or not. I have to post-up!
19: I love Basketball! | Saved!
20: B R A N D O N I N A C T I O N
21: Brandon is very intense about something - He looks like he's ready to fight! | Go ahead Isaac! I've got Cory covered.... | R E A D Y T O P L A Y B A L L
22: I'm pretty sure you're not going anywhere with this ball! | We got you blocked Jared - Give it up! | Brandon and Carson are determined to steal the ball.
23: A Beautiful pass by Brandon
24: Free throws | Blocking | I'll get it!
25: I saved it and now to the basket. | Hey coaches, did they listen? | I got it Cory, pass me the ball! | I wish they'd let me out of this box! | Hmmm... Really...
26: Paxton Panthers 2nd Grade vs. 3rd & 4th Grade Teams At Game Tyme Gym Bloomington, Illinos
27: From Coach Knight: "Being younger doesn't mean being smaller. You worked hard and did a great job in spite of the age. Keep growing Bubba!"
28: Brandon's not bothered at all that his player is actually taller than him. (Doesn't happen very often!) | Going after the ball no matter what.
29: Brandon picking for Cory. | Defending | Stealing the ball... | and making the get away!
31: Way | to | go | Brandon!
32: 3rd & 4th Grade Farm League Summer 2012 Brandon is 8 years old | The slugger has arrived. When practicing at home, Brandon would hit the ball across the highway!
34: Batting | Stealing 3rd | 1st Base | Leaving 2nd Base
36: B A T T I N G
37: C A T C H I N G | R U N N I N G
38: Coach Alex swam Brandon in every stroke this year. And since she didn't have enough older boys, Brandon willingly swam with the 10-12 year old boys! Mommy was shocked the 1st time she took pictures and Brandon turned around to go back down the pool. She asked Alex if she knew he was only 8!!!
40: what kind of dive is this? | am i there yet? | thank goodness it's over! I don't like backstroke. | taking a quick, deep breath | beautiful!!! | my cheerleaders - sissy & audri
41: Central swim conference 2012 8 & Under 2nd place in individual breast stroke finals 2nd place in freestyle relay 2nd place in medley relay
42: PBL Youth F | Practice begins!
43: ootball 2012 | Got away - Evan crashed! | Taken down
44: From the ground... | Asst. Coach explaining how to get up faster.
45: the games | Let | begin!
46: The intensity is...
47: and building... | building...
48: The football stampede | Crashing through the sign
49: Where's Brandon? | Bringing up the rear Go #59!
50: Waiting for a defensive play | Aunt Donna, Grandma & Papa cheering me on | Getting ready to tackle | Get out of my way #74!
51: Sorry, but you're not going anywhere | Defense | Defensive huddle with Coach King
53: Look at the size of # 45 compared to Brandon! Of course Brandon said he was a "wimp"! | # 18 was running scared
54: Offensive | Brandon and Keegan Busboom preparing for their turn on the field.
55: Position: Center/Hiker
56: Time to block | Excellent blocking! | Hey Trevor - Do you need any help? | Gotta get that quarterback!
57: Hiking for a running play | Great job holding the line boys! | Assisting on the block & Keegan passing the ball to Trevor | Blocking for the QB
58: Look at that awesome shotgun hike! | Great blocking Brandon And Trevor is on his way for a touchdown
59: No way you're getting near him with me here.
60: Go ahead - Try to get through me... | That was fun!
61: We have a tough offensive line. | Gibson City Falcon are having aren't getting past our blockers. | Blocking with the ball in motion... Beautiful! | Hiking the ball
63: Offensive Huddle with Coach Hopkins
64: 1st Round of Playof
65: fs ~ PBL vs. Dwight | Brandon played Offensive Center and Defensive Right Tackle
66: Parents, I just wanted to thank all of you for your time commitment and encouragement throughout the season. Our goal of getting better each week stayed the same all year and I think after tonight's game we have accomplished that goal. Watching the effort that the kids put into the game tonight and the outcome being what it is was difficult for me. We played like champions and it seemed unfair that it ended like it did. Personally, I couldn't be more proud of the boys, regardless of the score. The fight the boys displayed at this age was something I was not expecting. I talked about winning and losing not being the important part of youth football at the parent meeting and I hope that after seeing how much the kids improved you also see why winning and losing is not as important as the lessons learned by playing football. Not one player is the same player they was 9 weeks ago and I encourage everyone to continue to play because the potential is there and the more experience and knowledge of the game of football that the kids get the more successful they will be in the future. Coach Jim Hopkins Failure is nothing more than a learning experience.
67: Hello Mighty Might Parents, What a fantastic game. Just a couple of plays going the other way during the first half, that would have been a different game. They came out fired up and stayed that way. There was no sense of giving up when things went wrong, that's always a struggle at this age. Football is 90% mental. I hope they keep their heads up. They will win a lot of games in the next 10 years. There's a lot of talent there, it just takes time to develop. Hats off to the Mighty Might coaches, they came a long way for so many first time players. I'm looking forward to coaching this group. Junior Coach Andy Pound
68: To our son, Brandon. This album covers 2 years of sports as our mini-athlete. We are so proud of you. Each season we'd ask if you wanted to play and you'd almost always say no. Of course, we knew it really wasn't an option. We had already signed you up! 2nd Grade was the 1st year flag football was offered by the Paxton Park District. Daddy ended up being assigned to coach your team. He recruited Doug Rigsby as his assistant coach. You did so well and Daddy ended up playing you mostly as the Quarterback (awesome arm) and sometimes as a middle linebacker. Your team had the winning record of all the teams! 2nd & 3rd Grade Park District Basketball - You didn't want to play until Daddy told you that you wouldn't have to "play in the box" this year. Playing "real" basketball in Bloomington last year, advanced your skill level to the point that "in the box" would have been boring! Daddy was your coach, of course. You continued to build on your skills as a post and center. You aren't very comfortable being aggressive yet, but you continued to improve each game in getting the rebounds and shooting baskets. You made a lot of points and had a lot of assists for your team. Again, your team had a winning record for the season! Daddy continued to coach and took you and several of your friends to Gametyme Gym II in Bloomington, IL. This was your 2nd year in participating in this club and you loved it! These were fast paced games and even though you and your friends were 2nd graders, the teams you played were all 3rd and 4th graders. You held your own
69: and continued to improve. Even when you lost a game, it was always a very close game. You became much more aggressive and were great at blocking shots, rebounding and didn't let anyone push you around! Summer of 2012 You were on the Park District Farm League team sponsored by Chillz. This was awesome because after EVERY game, you got to go to Chillz for free ice cream! You worked hard and spent your summer making Daddy practice every day. You even convinced Mommy to go out with you a few times even though she was scared of getting hit! At home, you were hitting the balls over the highway (scaring Mommy) but that was really awesome. On the field, you played right field most of the time and occasionally 2nd base. You enjoyed it, but were disappointed because you had a hard time always being able to hit off the other teams pitchers. You were also part of the Paxton Wildcats Swim Team. This was the 1st year the pool was open again after two years. It was also the 1st year you chose to swim for the team. You were like a fish in the water and wanted to learn everything. Coach Alex said that she thought if she locked you in the pool at night, you'd still be swimming when she came back the next morning! You were part of the 8 and under age group and did very well! You learned mostly by watching the older kids and then doing it. Since the 11-12 Year Old Boys didn't always have enough boys for the meets, Coach Alex usually swam you in this age group. You were so excited and never complained. You also thought it was hilarious because Mommy didn't know this and when she went up
70: to take pictures of you swimming, she was SHOCKED when you turned around and started swimming back up the pool! (Eight and under doesn't do that!) Coach Alex was walking by and Mommy said "You know he's only 8! She immediately smiled and said "He's doing fine." Wow!!! You were very ambitious, willing to help, always wanting to learn more and never complained. As a result, your times improved a lot over the season and you won swimmer of the week. Then you qualified to go to conference! We are so proud of you. Your relay team won 2nd place in both the Medley and the Freestyle. You won 2nd place (SO close to 1st place) in the Individual Breast Stroke Finals! Fall - 2012 ~ You were on the waiting list for the PBL Youth Football League. You done such a great job during the conditioning period, that Coach Hopkins requested special permission from the Conference Board to allow him to keep you even though he already had the number of players he was allowed to have. The joy and excitement you had on your face was absolutely worth it and we were so excited for you! You started out playing defensive right tackle. Your size and determination made you a great tackler. You loved to push your opponents and go after that quarterback! After a couple of games, Coach Hopkins discovered that you have a heck of an arm and moved you to offensive center. NO ONE was else was allowed to be a hiker after that! You were absolutely awesome and only had a couple of bad hikes the entire season. You LOVED football and improved so much! We are all so proud of you! Keep up the hard work and you will go far. ~Love, Daddy, Mommy & Sissy, your personal cheerleader