The Missoula Thunder Home School basketball
team and their coach (from Missoula unless
noted otherwise), from left to right, standing: Pascal Redfern, Ben Springer, Solomon Redfern,
Justin Schroeder, Justin Vernon (Swan Valley), Alex Redfern.
Kneeling, left to right: Isaac Ployhar (Polson), David Wise, Luke Schaible, Levi Ployhar (Polson).
Not pictured: Andrew Kost and Micah Schaible.
State homeschool basketball and volleyball competition takes place March 1-3 in Missoula.
March 1, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
The Missoula Thunder Home School basketball team won their fourth tournament this season by taking the championship at the Fernie Classic Tournament held in British Columbia earlier this month.
The Thunder beat Castlegar for the championship with a score of 98-58. Canadian basketball includes 10-minute quarters and use of a 30-second shot clock.
Missoula's point guard, Ben Springer took All-Star honors for the tournament. Solomon Redfern, at forward, was Most Valuable Player. Justin Schroeder of Missoula was named Mr. Defense.
Seniors on the team this year include Solomon Redfern, Ben Springer, Luke Schaible and Justin Vernon of Swan Valley.
Other tournaments taken by the Thunder this year include a pre-season tourney at Whitehall (home school and private school teams); the Canadian-U.S. Invitational at Creston, British Columbia in December (Class B equivalent); and the Missoula Holiday Classic held at Valley Christian after Christmas (home school and private school teams).
The Thunder are 18-6 for the season, including a recent win against Class C Lincoln.
Missoula's losses this season came from Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Grand Forks Secondary School (Canada), Immaculate Conception (Coeur d'Alene), Sentinel's sophomore team and the Flathead Crusaders, a long-time home school rival. The losses against Immaculate Conception, Sentinel and Flathead were one-point squeakers.
Most of the athletes with the Missoula Thunder live in Missoula with three exceptions: Justin Vernon of Swan Valley, and Levi and Isaac Ployhar of Polson. The team practices twice a week at the YMCA in Missoula.
The Missoula Thunder will host the State Home School Basketball and Volleyball Tournament March 1-3 in Missoula. Fifteen home school and private school teams from around Montana are expected to participate.
For more information contact Suzanne Vernon, Swan Valley or Pascal and Mona Redfern, Missoula, 542-8721.