The Western Kentucky Trailblazers 12U recently competed in regional competition and won the MHAC championship. The team includes homeschooler Brett Fuller, who also played on the Lewisburg Rangers team that won this year's middle school championship.

The Western Kentucky Trailblazers 12U recently competed in regional competition and won the MHAC championship. The team includes homeschooler Brett Fuller, who also played on the Lewisburg Rangers team that won this year's middle school championship.

Two local students, Luke and Brett Fuller of Lewisburg, helped lead their basketball teams to huge wins in the Midwest Regionals in Indianapolis of the National Christian Home School Championships.

Both teams will now advance to the National Tournament in Springfield, Missouri. Luke, who was the starting Point Guard on this year's Lewisburg Ranger basketball team that won the Middle School District Championship, is one of the starters for the 14 and under (14U) Western Kentucky Trailblazers team based in Bowling Green. His younger brother Brett, comes off the bench for the 14U team but is a dominant player on his undefeated 12U team. The Trailblazers are coached by Mike Coffey, and have several part-time assistants including Stephen Guthrie, who was the head basketball coach for the Franklin Simpson Lady Wildcats for many years. The 12U team is coached by Nathan Jones.

Brett Fuller, who was also on the Lewisburg Rangers last year, helped lead his 12 and under (12U) team to the Gold Ball Championship of the entire tournament. The 12U Western Kentucky Trailblazers entered the Midwest Regionals as the No. 1 seed in their side of the 12U bracket. The entire Tournament had over 170 teams from States such as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Fullers 12U team is undefeated on the season and now enters the nationals as a possible favorite to win it all. The NCHC Tournament will run from March 11-16, and is the largest Basketball Tournament in the entire World, with over 400 teams competing.

The 12U team is led by three very talented players, Brett Fuller, Easton Woodcock, and Alec Slagle.

The rest of the team is young, but have made serious contributions all season long. At Indianapolis, not only did Brett Fullers 12U team bring home the Gold Ball Trophy, but they dominated all the competition in the process, as they fell just 4 points shy of having a 100 point margin of victory against their four opponents. They defeated Fort Wayne, Ind., 56-17 and overwhelmed the team from Indianapolis 43-24 in the quarterfinals. The semifinal was expected to be close, but Brett Fuller had other plans and dominated the game on both ends of the floor.

With his defensive rebounding, he limited their opponent to one shot and got the fast break started with quick outlet passes to his guards Woodcock and Slagle. Fuller also drove coast to coast for scores of his own. On the offensive end, he converted his offensive rebounds into points with putbacks and nice soft jumpers, as he had done all season. The overwhelming 54-24 victory over the KASH Eagles from Kokomo Indiana, set up a showdown with the fast, athletic team from Memphis for the Gold Ball Trophy.

Brett Fuller's Trailblazers got out to a 5-0 lead before Memphis went on a 10-0 run, to lead by 5.

It was the first time the Trailblazers had trailed by five points the entire season. But that was it for Memphis. After a timeout, the Trailblazers turned up the heat on defense and changed things on the offensive end. With Brett being double teamed inside, the focus shifted to the outside.

Woodcock found the hot hand and scored 24 points in the teams 36-28 win. Luke Fuller's 14U Trailblazers won the MHAC Conference Championship title at Welch College in Tennessee three weeks ago against Chattanooga. Luke hit a clutch shot from the wing to break a tie with less than 3 minutes to play, and younger brother Brett sank 2 free throws with 19 seconds left, to seal the Championship. Ten days ago the team traveled to Indianapolis to play at the Pacers Athletic Center, and came in second place in the bronze bracket and have a 23-7 record. The boys from Lewisburg and their teammates played Cincinnati in the first round. Brett came off the bench for the 14U team to provide much-needed size in the middle against the larger Cincinnati team. After being down as much as 15 points, a furious rally fell just short and lost 43-42. But they bounced back to win their next two games to compete for the bronze ball, with their best overall player Davis Coffey leading the way.

In the next round, the 14U team defeated the Indianapolis Warriors 28-27 in a defensive battle. Luke and Andrew Coffey of Bowling Green shut down the Warriors guards and on to the semifinals, they went. The next game turned into a surprising route, as the second-seeded Michigan Firebirds were no match for our boys from Logan, Barren and Warren County. After Luke Fuller got the scoring started with a jumper from the right corner, the rest of the 3rd seeded Trailblazers joined in the fun and won easily 43-11. Andrew Coffey found the range from outside and the team had solid performances from Kale Woodcock, Kaden Hammerstone and as usual, Davis Coffey. In the Bronze final, Western Kentucky lost to a powerful Anderson Indiana team 40-30.

The Western Kentucky Trailblazers are a basketball team out of Bowling Green, and are comprised of Homeschool students who still wish to play competitive sports such as basketball. Their schedule consists of games against other Homeschool teams, Private Schools and Public Schools in the Fourth Region area. The current roster has players from Lewisburg, Glasgow and Bowling Green. Because the teams are made up of players from all over a region, many Homeschool teams are as good if not better, than what you would expect to see from your public school teams, especially at the regional and national tournaments.

For more Information about the Western Kentucky Trailblazers and Homeschool basketball please visit their Website at www.wkytrailblazers.com. The WebSite for the National Christian HomeSchool Championships is http://nchclive.com/