Tri-County Thunder

Head Coach: Charles Kissi


The KW Lighning Tri-County Juel team decided to help their community during the "Pink Weekend" on February 1 and 2.  The team held a bake sale throughout the weekend to raise funds to support the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre located in Kitchener.  They were able to raise just over $300.00 for this worthy cause!  The team wishes to thank family, friends, fans and fellow Juel teams for their support.





KW Lightning joins JUEL Prep as a Founding Member of the top high school league in Canada for Grade 10’s and under

JUEL Prep will be run by Juel (Canada’s top Female Basketball League ) Juel Prep will have the Top Grade 10’s Teams in the province, playing against the best every Month in a centralized location as well as playing in OBA events and Ontario Cup.  The League Championships will be held the same weekend as JUEL in May.


The JUEL Prep team will be coached by Kerri Jilesen (who won D1 Gold Midget in 2013 is Ass’t Coach with WLU where is played OUA before going to Europe to play professionally)


If you are one of the Top Grade 10 or under Basketball Player’s in the Region you are welcome to tryout.

Tryouts for Juel Prep  will start Sunday Sept 15th at 330-530pm at St David’s HS


KW Lightning’s Major Bantam (Gr 8) and Midget (Gr 9) teams will also be joining a Provincial League this year … more news to come


KW Lightning Coaching Staff

For Gold / #1 teams are below ( We will have two teams at every age group and then #2 and #3 teams Coaches will  be announced later)


JUEL - Craig Nickel

Jr OBA - Shaun Samuels

JUEL Prep (Major Midget) Kerri Jilesen

Midget- Brandon Mina

Major Bantam - Allan Bush

Bantam- Eddie Lopez

Major Atom- Rudy Hamm

Atom- Susan Irwin - Rondilla

Novice- Alex Urosevic


Tryout info below sign up now Come join the Family and the Tradition  as  Player,  Coach or Supporter !!!

The Tradition of 38 Lightning grads going onto play OCAA or OUA or NCAA over the Last Three Years the most of any program in Canada


The Tradition of  Two D1 Golds in 2013  in Midget(Jilesen) and Major Midget (Nickel) ;

Two teams in JUEL League  finishing  3rd and 4th in 2012 and Finishing 2nd in First year of JUEL  2011; 

Winning JR OBA Div #1  GOLD ( Urosevic) in  2010 and Div #1 GOLD in Juv (Bush) in 2009  plus D1 Gold Midget 2007 (Urosevic)

Plus much more in friends and memories !


KW Lighning is sponsored in part by Allan Bush CIBC Waterloo


Are you interested in playing REP Basketball for the KW Lightning the year? There is no cost to tryout, please see tryout posters below and fill out the registration form. Please email registration form to


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Another Lightning Player Going To Brock
Posted on February, 4 2013




Link to Article


Coach Kissi, Coach Casey and TRICOUNTY THUNDER in Toronto Star
Posted on January, 30 2013