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Denver Eagles participating in the 2012 National Basketball Championship tourney

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This week homeschoolers from Denver and around the nation descended on Springfield, Mo to participate in the 21st Annual National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship (NCHBC). Record fields of 356 teams with players from almost 30 states are attending the event which is the largest homeschool sporting event in the world.

The Denver Eagles, a local homeschool sports organization, has brought two teams (one boy’s and one girl’s team) to Springfield. The boys are playing in the 16 and under category and the girls are participating in the 18 and under category.

Roster for the boys 16U team: Caleb Koornneef, Karsten Leigvold, Joe Fox, Tyler Ackert, Tim Zornes, Jesse Yeager and Joe Schuh. Gabriel Hegarty, a starter for the Eagles, was unable to attend because of injury.

Roster for the girls 18U team: Mallory John, Courtney Gilbert, Ashley Pitcher, Abby Brown, Rebecca Semin, Addisyn Mullen, Antonette Golesh, Kelli Nelson, Jordan Koornneef, Molly Wheeler, Sarah Betsch and Sarah Wichael.

Many outstanding players have participated in the NCHBC in the last decade including Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Taylor Griffin (Univ. of Oklahoma), Jeremy Lamb (Univ. of Connecticut), Tabor Spani (Univ. of Tennessee), and Jesse and Jon Caleb Sanders (Liberty University).

The Eagles are in Springfield this week with some of the best basketball players in the nation, including UConn signee and 2012 McDonalds All American Moriah Jefferson, University of Houston signee Darnard Knowles, Torri Lewis named in ESPN’s Class 2015 Top 25 as well as up and coming starts Bethany Lytle, Justin Jackson and Allonzo Trier.

After playing seeding games yesterday and today, the Denver Eagles boy’s team will begin tournament play tomorrow morning at 9:40am as the #1 seed in 5A. The girls will begin on Thursday at noon as the #3 seed in 4A.

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