Stars Shooting for TAPPS Success

The Wichita Christian Stars are looking forward to school starting Wednesday.

For them, it's an extra hour and a half of sleep.

They've been coming out at 6:30 a.m. each day for the last two weeks, looking to avoid the blistering Texoma heat.

Second-year head coach Kyle Davenport said they came out for the first day of practice at 11 a.m., but immediately realized that wasn't going to work.

"Anybody that's seen our field, [knows] we have no grass out here," said Davenport. "We have no protection from the sun. It was too hot, you know, kids couldn't focus. Mentally we weren't there."

Wednesday after school will be their first day-time practice since that first day of work.

"We're not going to go full pads and all," said Davenport. "We'll go either shorts and shoulder pads or even just shorts and t-shirts and helmets."

No matter when they practice, the Stars are looking to turn around last year's one-win season.

Junior quarterback Brent Holsberry says the team is expecting more wins this year.

He threw for over 1200 yards and 18 touchdowns last year as a sophomore, and now he's back as one of the real leaders on the team. He says the key will be defense.

"I mean, if we can slow down some of the big teams in our district, I think we'll definitely catch some eyes and turn some heads," Holsberry said.

Senior running back and linebacker Hunter Wolfe agrees that this team has the talent to make some noise, and he says it starts with Holsberry.

"He's a great leader, he's a great guy, he's a great man of God," Wolfe said of Holsberry. "He will lead us to victory."

Even playing a tough schedule, which includes Dallas Tyler Street in non-district, and district foes Notre Dame, Brownwood Victory life and Denton Calvary, the Stars are confident that they can show a big improvement this season.

"We have a lot of things to improve on," said Wolfe. "But it comes with the season, it will come with the team, and like I said, we're going to play for God.

"We're going to play as a team, and we're going to go out there and try to win."

The Stars hope to take the field for their season opener Friday, August 26th against new TAPPS 1A-1 rival Christ Academy, but the Warriors are struggling to come up with enough numbers to field a team.