Alissa can be a quarterback’s worst nightmare or his best friend. As a nosetackle for the Mustang Pee Wees of the Merritt Island Youth Football Association, she had three sacks in the playoffs, helping her team reach the league championship. (She was the first female to start in the Brevard County Youth Football Super Bowl.) Alissa also plays offensive tackle, where her job is to protect the QB.
Jake definitely has a bounce in his step. He is a four-time Junior Olympic National Trampoline champion, and in December 2008, he won a silver medal at the Pan American championships in the 11- to 12-year-old division. He moved up to the junior elite level last year. At the 2009 World Age Group Trampoline and Tumbling Championships, Jake took on competitors of all ages, including teens and adults, and still finished 23rd in individual trampoline. He may be younger than most of his fellow trampoliners, but he is no less serious. “I want to make [my opponents] do better because [they know] I’m coming behind them,” he says. “Then I want to beat them.”
Lillian is making quite a splash. In 2009, she won a total of six gold medals at the regional and zone competitions of the USA Diving championships. That success earned her a spot at the Junior National Championships last August, where she took home a silver medal in platform diving. She also won a bronze medal in platform at the 2009 Junior Pan Am Games.
In 2009, Shane led his football team to the Pacific Palisades bantam championship when he threw a 35-yard touchdown pass for the win. He also guided his basketball squad to a league-best 12–2 record. In baseball, Shane’s team won the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association World Series. He was named league MVP .