Brandon Zile

Before I knew Brandon Zile, I knew his amazing mom, Megan. We met at a church Halloween party. That’s where I first learned that they lived on a ranch an hour outside of town. And by an hour outside of town, I mean outside of our teeny-tiny town. So they lived really far out!

Megan told me stories about her kids at the party. She told me about the ranch they lived on and how it was hard work but really wonderful too.

Megan and Dave have “yours, mine, and ours” kids that keep them on their toes. Brandon is the oldest of the seven kids. Two girls live in Southern Nevada, so when they all get together for Christmas break, we have to take pictures! We did family pictures as well as Brandon’s senior pictures. And let’s not forget Roger, Brandon’s dog! It was really fun having Roger smile for a few pictures!

Brandon Zile

Megan has often told me how proud she is of this fine young man. He is Dave’s best worker on the ranch! He works hard and has common sense when issues arise. Brandon has strong core values. He puts his family and God first. And when the work is done and it’s time to play, you will find him shooting hoops and doing wheelies on his mountain bike!

Brandon, you are one focused senior! I love that you are driven to work hard. You have a humble attitude that people can’t help but love! Your confidence in yourself is well balanced by your humility. What a wonderful example you set for your younger siblings! They look up to you and love you so much. The Pershing County Mustang basketball team is going to miss you! I hope this senior year leaves you with amazing memories. Thank you for sharing a little piece of it with me! Good luck, Brandon, in all your future endeavors!

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Ty & George

It was a cold, bone-chilling evening when I got the text. Mustangs won! They are the State Football Champions! Second year in a row too! Word was spreading to gather a welcome home parade down Main. Frequent updates were sent in the group text letting us know how close they were.

We quickly gathered our little family out the door to be a part of the cheering crowd. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go to the game, but we REALLY didn’t want to miss this part.

We parked at the library and walked to Main. People were lining up on the sidewalks as I continued to receive updates through texts. “They are 10 minutes out.”

“5 minutes out.”

“They just got off the freeway!”

The Parade

The fire trucks preceded them with their lights flashing. Then came the police cars with their flashing lights. If you were visiting Lovelock that evening, you probably wondered what catastrophe had just occurred! Then finally the bus came behind the police!

With the windows down and packed full of football players, the whole town was cheering! Cheerleaders were chanting their cheers. “We Are the Champions” by Queen was playing loudly from someone’s car. You could hear everyone singing along!

Man I love this small town! I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I teared up. I felt the love of the whole town there to support the football team. This team brings the town together, kind of like the end of Remember the Titans.

New Friendships Through Football

It was because of this team I’ve met new friends! It was in the football stands where I met Ty and his family. We were new to the community. We thought it would be fun to go to a home game. What we didn’t know was that we would become fast friends with the Gentry’s. Our kids instantly flocked to them! Basically, we bonded that night!

Ty and George, congratulations on an amazing season! We are proud to be Mustang fans! Thank you for trusting me to take these pictures! And thank you for making this one of the most fun sessions I’ve ever had!

Eric

Meet Eric! He’s this really cool, incredibly smart, and athletic senior. It was so fun getting to know him and talk to him about football, future college plans, and favorite subjects. Plus he’s got the best smile! I’m excited to see where the future leads him. Good luck this year Eric! Senior year is the best!