LANSING | An art project adorns the front door of Tyler Jett Earmsmuth's home.
"I forgot it was even there," said Tyler's mother, Shannon, about flower-shaped colored cutout Tyler made last school year in an art class. "We usually come in through the back."
Tyler admits the encircled message he placed on the petals, "During the spring I like to play sports" is more frivolous than revealing.
"It had to have a spring (theme)," Tyler said. "I would have had said the same thing if it was for the fall or summer."
Tyler is only 7 years old, but he's already established himself as a multisport standout while playing with and against predominately older players.
Two years ago during his debut season with the Burijtos (Magic) in the highly competitive Mexican League at the East Side Soccer Dome, Tyler scored more than 50 goals. He also is an offensive and defensive standout with the St. Ann Soccer Club amid the Northwest Indiana Soccer League.
Despite his success playing it, Tyler doesn't consider soccer as his favorite sport.
"I like baseball better," said Tyler, who hit three home runs last season for the Marlins in the Lansing Old Timers Little League division for ages 7-9.
"There's more action in baseball," said Tyler, who pitched and played shortstop, first base and second base.
Tyler's home run total and all-star status were unusual for a 7-year-old.
"Tyler plays well with older kids because of his older brother," Shannon said of 11-year-old Brandon. "They both push each other to do better. They're competitive, but they also support each other."
Kyle and his brother also play basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf and other activities ... including video games.