Athens Review, Athens, Texas

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April 30, 2008

Athens home schooler to participate in World Series

Kenneth Owen, an Athens home-schooled student, is on the way to the Home School World Series Association national tournament in Pensacola, Florida.

Owen plays for the THESA Riders High School program out of Fort Worth. The Riders organization offers home schooled students the opportunity to compete in competitive sports in high school and junior high school, offering programs in golf, volleyball, boys basketball and baseball.

The Riders organization is one of four such organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Each of the organizations offers students who are home educated the opportunity to participate in athletics.

Owen has played baseball with two such organizations, the HSAA Angels out of Richardson during Junior High (sixth-eighth grades) and the THESA Riders in the ninth and 10th grades.

In each program, the students play a regular season schedule against private, home school and, more recently, public school teams in the Dallas and Forth Worth area. Typically the Junior High programs will play 12-20 games a year. The JV schedule is usually around 30 games and the varsity a few games more.

Each of the organizations are member teams of the Home School World Series Association (HWSA) and as such are eligible to participate in regional qualifying tournaments to earn an opportunity to participate in a National Home School World Series Tournament.

At the West Regional qualifying tournament held in Plano this month, the Richardson based Angels and the Fort Worth based Riders each qualified to attend the national tournament.

Owen’s younger brother Matthew plays in the junior high program of the rival Angels.

Other teams competing in the tournament included organizations from Denver, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Houston, San Antonio, Little Rock, Baton Rouge and Memphis. A complete list of member teams, as well as links to each organization’s Web site, can be seen at www.hwsa.net.

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