The Birdville Hawks Men’s basketball team made history. The team did so by going the farthest any team in school history had gone by advancing to the regional tournament in the 2014-2015 season.
This is also the farthest Coach Jeff Fitch, who has been the head basketball coach of the program since it opened in 1999 has gotten with the team.
In 16 years, Fitch has tutored some good talent in Birdville jerseys, but this team was special. Fitch said the reason this team was extra special was because of their confidence “It’s 90% of the battle,” Fitch said.
He explained that because the team’s two star players DJ Draper and Andrew Sorrells had been playing the game of Basketball for so long, they weren’t really phased by the bigger challenges of competition.
The team does owe a big part of their post-season run success to DJ Draper, who had 27 points against favored Arlington Heights in the second round playoff game. Draper would match that total in the team’s playoff loss to Palo Duro, not to forget his 3 pointer at the end of regulation is what sent that game to overtime. At the end of the day though, this was a team effort, that’s what will be remembered more than anything.