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February 20, 2013

Keeping it going

Youth soccer player Joshua Buxton leads his team with energetic play

MERIDIAN — Joshua Buxton is not your average seven-year-old boy; well maybe, but with a motor that runs 24/7.

    Instead of spending his time sitting on the couch watching cartoons, Buxton is more interested in getting out and letting off some of his energy, particularly with sports. The only-child is involved in just about every sport he can get his parents to sign him up for, everything from soccer to basketball.

    “He’s a real athletic kid,” Joshua’s father said. “Even when he’s not outside, he’s kicking the ball around the house in the living room.”

    And once Buxton starts playing, practically nothing can get him to stop. During the State Games last summer, Buxton lost a tooth while playing soccer. Unfazed by the incident, Buxton grabbed the tooth and clutched in in his hand while continuing to finish out the play until the next stoppage. Then, the eager young player dashed over to the sidelines, handed his mother the tooth and ran back on the field.

    “I looked over at his mother and asked her ‘what did he give you,’ Jonathan Buxton said. “She was like, that was his tooth. He didn’t stop or anything.”

    Saturday Buxton was back on the soccer field, as he led Citizen’s National Bank Explosion to a 3-2 win over the Newton County Chargers, scoring all three goals for his team. Buxton’s final goal came with the score tied at 2-2 on a free kick, as he booted the ball past a wall of defenders and into the net for the eventual win.

    “He’s a great kid,” Explosion head coach Hampton Thomas said. “He’s always at practice, and he works hard. He’s got a natural gift.”

    The win moves Buxton and the Explosion to 3-0 on the season, as they look to continue their winning ways tonight against State Farm Barrage.

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