School stars shine in basketball
DECLAN Starasts has made a Darling Downs school basketball team for a seventh successive year.
Starasts and Samantha Burton are the two Warwick State High School students in regional basketball teams this year.
Two years ago, Starasts made the Queensland 15-years team to compete in the nationals and is aiming to make another state team in what will be his last year at school.
Starasts is 1.98cm tall (6ft, 6in) but won’t be the tallest player at the state championships.
“Some players will be taller than me,” he said.
Away from school basketball, Starasts plays for the Ipswich Force in the state under-18 league.
Burton is playing for Darling Downs for a second time after making the regional primary school team when in Year 7.
She plays club mixed basketball each Wednesday night at WIRAC and is keen to try out for the state team at the championships in Townsville on July 29-August 1.
“This will be my first sporting trip north of Gladstone,” she said.
Fifteen Warwick High students have made regional teams after winter sports trials to contest state carnivals during the winter months.
Warwick High regional representatives
Declan Starasts and Samantha Burton in basketball; Talitha Doro in football (soccer); Matt Campbell in hockey; Jason Anderson in squash; Tim Tate in AFL; Regan McNicol and Lee Lousick in rugby league; Angela Krahe, Aimee Van der Hulst, Alison Burrill, Simeon Burrill, Tim Walker, Jake Reid and Josh Day in orienteering.