A mixture of dedication and determination has formed the Waxahachie Preparatory Academy Warriors into having a chance to make school history.
“It comes down to discipline and hard work,” Coach Jacob Holmes said about his team’s effort. “It’s really important for our team to exhibit these traits on and off the court.”
In his third year at the helm, Holmes has the Warriors (15-4, 7-0) entering its second round of TAPPS District 4-1A play undefeated and on the path of obtaining WPA’s first playoff berth.
Holmes, who is the assistant administrator and the athletic director, almost lead the Warriors to its first ever school playoff berth missing out by just one game last year, which was the first time WPA played in TAPPS.
Using the momentum of his 06-07’ squad, Holmes has his team in prime position to make school history and possibly a deep run into the playoffs.
Holmes credits his team’s current to the goals it set at the beginning of the season.
“Our goal was not solely to win district,” he said. “We also plan on making it all the way to the State tournament.”
The preparation for this run started in the summer, as most of his player participated in summer leagues to improve on their skills.
Holmes feels another contributing factor to the Warriors’ success has been the recent help of assistant coach Korey Henry.
"For me, this year, assistant coach Henry has been a tremendous asset," he said. "He does a great job talking with the kids. We have a great balance."
With the Warriors on the verge of running through District 4-1A undefeated, Holmes recognizes his team of 11 has all played a part in the run especially the starting five.
The Warriors starters are juniors David Nealy, Jay Radway, Weston Knight, Kaleb Henry and sophomore Stewart Slack.
Knight is leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 21 points 12.7 rebounds.
"He’s a 6’5 forward who has been dominating the district," Holmes said. "On top of putting up a double-double he averages around 5 blocks a game. He’s doing things in games that you normally don’t see."
Other contributing scorers are Radway with 18.4 points and Nealy with 10.7 points.
"He’s our best 3 point guard," Holmes said of Radway’s play. "He can do a lot of things. He drives to the basket, shots and makes passes."
"He’s an intense player," Holmes added about Nealy. "He plays great defense and has been stepping up as of late in rebounding and scoring."
Holmes added Henry and Slack have been providing the spark his team needs with defense and aggressive play.
"He’s playing great defense for us," Holmes said of Henry’s play. "He also hits shot when we need him too.
"He plays bigger than he his," Holmes added about Slack. "He’s very aggressive."
The Warriors will hope to continue the undefeated district streak against Duncanville Christway in its homecoming game at the SAGU Lions Gymnasium Friday night.
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