I could focus on many illustrations of his determination, because it comes through whether in school, playing sports or in life. He insisted on playing football--we compromised on flag--and then practiced his butt off, working incessantly to catch the ball better. He went to a skate party, and one of my great faults as a parent was not making him learn to skate to the sounds of Hall & Oates sooner, and in front of kids from school fell down over and over and over but kept getting up. The girl he has a crush on even came over and went around with him as he held on to the wall. That takes guts that most 20 year olds, let alone 8 year olds don't have.
Normally, he plays guard because he's one of our few players that understands paying attention, playing defense on the ball, passing, and getting back to stop breaks. Through 2 games and 3 quarters, he had played exclusively outside on the guards. This other team had 2 really big kids they rotated, like at least 5'6" big in 2nd grade, and they were skilled too, and were killing us inside on rebounds.
Meanwhile, on offense, it took Owen about two possessions to figure out that he needed to bring the big man outside, where he had the advantage. He would start down low and come out to the wing, as a decoy, leaving the lane open for repeated layups for his teammates where the opponent had been camped out before. I'd like to take credit for that coaching adjustment, but it was all him. I merely had the acumen to tell him to keep doing that after a couple of possessions.