Nope, I didn't make it to the Big 12 tourney, but the Mini 12 had it's share of edge-of-your-seat excitement. The LBC Chargers lost the first game they played - to the Evangels of Mid-America Christian University. The latter went on to win the championship. Goliaths do have an advantage, now and then, but our Davids gave it their all.
Meanwhile, we, the Lymans, visited with various home scholars and other lively persons. Here's a portion of the roster:
David Koopman is a Montanan, but he is currently stationed in Lawton, Oklahoma. Shortly after homeschool graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and received a free trip to Iraq. He survived nicely and will soon become Sgt. Koopman. Readers of this blog will recall that his dad is Rep. Roger Koopman.
We go from buzz cut to a retro Monkees/Peter Tork look. That's Dow Foster. He graduated from college last year, and is now the Resident Director of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, OK. Dow used the word "charismedia" to describe the megachurches that favor using multimedia in their worship services. Never heard it put that way, but it's a cheeky, accurate term.
Homeschooler Dow is homeschooler Devona Hutson's boss. (She's a Resident Assistant at SCU.) The school had a couple of very scary security incidents last fall, and Devona reports that Dow handled the situations in a beyond-the-call-of-duty fashion. Devona has temporarily retired from playing basketball but hopes to return to the game for her upcoming senior year of college. She hails from rural Oklahoma.
This is Steve Pierantozzi of Lansdale, Penn. He's one of the captains of the Valley Forge Christian College hoops team. He and the Ironman really hit it off as the pair discovered that they both have invested time memorizing books of the Bible and dig entrepreneurship. Steve attended public school and is studying education. Homeschooling, of course, was a topic of conversation between those two memorization machines. Perhaps we should have introduced him to Dow whose dad played football for the Sooners. Steve's dad was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1973.
The Ironman and I stayed with a pair of cute Okies - Charlie and Linda Meadows (blame the photographer for the lighting and angle). They live on ten acres in Logan County and their next-door neighbors are longhorns. (The cattle kind, not the Kevin Durant kind.)
Steve P., who is engaged, asked Charlie for matrimonial words of wisdom, since the Meadows have been married for 100 years. Charlie advised him, "If you have children, don't send them to the government schools." Can't escape these fanatics.
Wid III poses with two former teammates, Nolan Johnson (left) and T.J. Durham (right). T.J.'s parents - Barbara and Rick - gave up desk jobs to team drive for Colonial Transport. That, ladies and gents, is music to you-know-who's ears. Nolan played superbly in the tourney's championship game. He's not large, but he's quick. A modern Mercury. I trust these three will ace Bracketology 101.