The North Raleigh edition of the News & Observer included this interesting report Friday:

No home court advantage:

Undefeated home-schoolers are showing they can hang with high schools

They assumed they were playing a team with no home, no student body, no real practice facility. In the world of high school basketball, it is easy for private schools to schedule a game with a home-school team and expect a notch in the win column.

But the Raleigh Hawks have schooled the competition this season.

The Hawks, after dismissing the Lighthouse Eagles 88-76 on Tuesday night, in one of their few games against another home-school team, improved to 16-0 with one game left in their regular season. …

Later this month, the team will head to the North Carolina Home Educators State Tournament in Greensboro, where they’ve finished second the past two years. Of the dozen home-school basketball teams in the state, eight make it to the state tournament.

(Actually, it’s the “North Carolina Homeschool Basketball Tournament”, which is sponsored by North Carolinians for Home Education. There will be twenty-six teams there, not just eight, competing in boys’ and girls’ varsity, JV, and middle school brackets. And they’re not there to socialize, you understand — just planning to play some serious ball in Greensboro.)

Here’s to the players, parents, and coaches, showing once again you don’t have to have government funding or institutional backing to make a mark in your chosen field. Or court.