SACO – There are lots of reasons to miss the first day of school, playing basketball in Russia is not usually one of them. Payton Jones, a sophomore at Thornton Academy, spent 10 days traveling this past summer through Russia and playing against local teams. Because of his travel schedule, he was forced to miss the first day of school and football practice. But things have a way of working out.
Jones said the trip was important and unforgettable in many ways. “The trip made me think differently about the sport because it broadened my horizons on how many people actually love the game as much as I do,” Jones said.