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LHSA Basketball


Lighthouse Home School Athletics' basketball program functions primarily out of the Ridgewood Church family gym at 2920 Lake Arthur Drive in Port Arthur. Practices are typically held there, and sometimes at a supplemental gym in Nederland, Groves, or Beaumont. Away Games are Southeast Texas area and may include Houston area as well as Southwest Louisiana.

LHSA Lions competitive basketball season typically begins in late October. Registration begins in late August and ends on September 23. Registration Payment must be made by September 23. 

There are no tryouts for Middle school players, who will be placed on the competitive team according to age, however High School teams will be formed according to players’ skills and a skill assessment early in the season during a "tryout" and placement will be made during practice to begin teams and as the season progresses.

The LHSA high school basketball program strives to develop leadership, team building, and Christian character in our team members. Our coaches have a love for the game and are dedicated to teaching the skills needed for competitive play. The LHSA Lions Athletic Program is directed by Veronica Pedraza and High School Boys' are currently coached by Anthony Dandridge and Blake Robbins. The High School Girls are coached by Sarah Carlock along with assistant, Brandy LeBlanc.


LHSA Middle School boys' division is coached by Jake Robbins along with volunteer parents and high school students. This program is aimed at developmental play and team-building. Those in the middle school program will have opportunity to play competitively with middle school teams from private, public, and charter schools that allow us to scrimmage their team. When available, students in 5th and 6th grades may be allowed to join the team, (pending sufficient registration) and will learn the rules of competition, the skill to play and will focus on the understanding the game strategy and developing skill and Christian character. All players on the developmental middle school team, regardless of experience or skill level, will play to learn the game and to engender leadership, humility, and friendship as they work together. There is no guaranteed playing time for any player, however the team will work together to be competitive in games while still allowing as much playing time as possible to help young players learn the game. 

Quality of Play

Competitive basketball implements high school substitution rules. Unlike recreational programs, there is no guarantee of playing time or position. Playing time will be based on skill-sets, agility,endurance, ability, performance, attendance at practice and additionally, attitude toward coaches, teammates, referees and others. LHSA will strive to provide as many training opportunities as possible. Try-outs will be held with all registrants in order to assess playing skill and team placement. LHSA is NOT, however, a win-at-all-cost organization. The goal is to provide a program in which athletes can grow physically and spiritually and where Jesus Christ is honored in all respects.


Season’s first practice will typically be mid-October, but will be preceded by open gym meetings through much of September and October. A pre-season meeting for parents and players is required and will be posted HERE when date is available.  At the first practice, coaches will meet all the parents and players to go over the season and answer any questions. Preseason conditioning will be announced prior to the season start and requires a full commitment from players and parents to be in attendance, timely and motivated. Regular practice times vary although they are typically two-three times weekly on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and continue throughout the season, except for game days. Once a complete schedule is obtained, weekly or biweekly notices will be posted to announce practice times, games and any upcoming tournaments. The season runs from October through early February for high school and October through late January for middle school. Middle School division is a developmental team and may play fewer games than high school teams. There may be opportunity to play in at least one tournament as well. Its purpose is to teach the skills of competitive volleyball and prepare players for high school play.  LHSA schedules games against area Private, Christian, Public, and Charter schools, including at least one weekend tournament.


The cost of the season to play is both monetary and time/work contribution, beginning with $225.00 for High School or $175 for Middle School and requires an additional family membership with Lighthouse Homeschool Support ($40 annual fee that includes a number of other benefits) and a minimum service requirement at home games and tournaments. Only the registration fee is due for those who are current with annual membership, however membership renewal is due by June 30 each year, so please be sure your membership is current. A uniform fee with apply to all new players and previous season players requiring replacements. (Uniform cost is typically approx. $75) There will be volunteer needs as well as required service times and fundraiser participation. The cost includes the fees to one tournament. Any other tournament play will require a minimum player roster and will include a tournament fee, for which players may pay up front or host a fundraiser. We are trying to keep the cost to a minimum, but as cost of refs and equipment continue to rise, fundraisers are a required element to maintain low fees. There will be volunteer needs, required service times and fundraiser participation.  Any team sponsorships obtained will contribute to tournament fees, auxiliary equipment and or coaching assistance.  Sponsorships obtained by member families may allow them to opt out of service requirements for their family, based upon an exchange per sponsor amount. 

We hope to form a developmental team for 5th-6th grade students should there be sufficient interest. This would include younger players and would focus on developing skills, but would not include competitive play unless there are teams in that age range to play.

For more information contact [email protected]


Practice location will be primarily at Ridgewood Church Port Arthur, and may ocassionally include locations in Beaumont and/or Nederland. 

Contact us if you have questions as we will begin practicing soon and will hold a season opening meeting in  October at Ridgewood Church. 

You may call and leave a message at 409-729-6000 or email [email protected]