Local home-schooled basketball team takes home national championship

OAKLAND, Ky. – In the game of basketball, champions are made in March.

One local home-school basketball organization can call themselves just that.

“To see this pay off for them, I couldn’t be more proud, couldn’t be more happy for them,” said Nathan Jones, Head Coach of the boys 12-under basketball team, the Western Kentucky Trailblazers.

The Trailblazers are just one of the teams from the Barren River Area Home School Association, and last week in Springfield, Missouri, they brought home the organization’s first ever National Christian Home School Basketball Championship.

“Pretty intense,” point guard Sol Guyer said of the competition in the tournament. “Lot of noise. Lot of good players on the teams.”

Fellow guard Easton Woodcock shared the same thoughts.

“There were a lot of good teams there,” he said.

None of the 32 other teams in the 12-U division were as good as the Trailblazers, though, who set out a goal to bring home this title at the start of the season.

“They presented themselves with a lot of integrity the way they played,” said Jones. “Everyone had a blast. Then of course, ending up winning the whole tournament just made the whole experience that much better.”

Most of the kids on the team have grown up playing basketball, starting as early as six or seven years old. Playing together since such a young age clearly made a difference, giving them a special bond whenever they took the court together.

“I have a lot of friends on this team,” Guyer said. “We just get to play together all the time. We just love the game.”

Jones added that it’s been an absolute pleasure to coach these players.

“Really just a great group of kids,” he said. “The character is even better than their basketball skill.”

The players and coach mentioned how hard they worked all season long to end up claiming the undisputed national title, and they said they’d do it all over again without a second thought.

“We changed a lot. We have a lot of ball movement,” Guyer said. “We knew what each other was going to do so we just, well, worked together a lot. It made it all worth it.”

“You can’t be more proud for them to go out, leave everything on the court, to actually come away with a win,” said Jones.

They know it’ll be hard, but they can’t wait to get back at it next season, and hopefully bring home the gold ball for a second consecutive season.

For more information about the Western Kentucky Trailblazers, visit their website: www.wkytrailblazers.com.