2016 Team Preview: Paola Panthers

Shon Plack
Kansas Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2016 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Paola
Nickname: Panthers
Class: 4A-D1
Conference: Frontier League
Head Coach: Curtis Murdock
Years as head coach at school: 7
Twitter Handle: @paolabaseball
2015 Overall Record: 12-9 
2015 Conference Finish: 6-5 (3rd Place)
2015 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Regionals

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 6

Players with 2015 Post Season Honors
Blain Olmeier,
OF/LHP, 2016 Honorable Mention All-Conference (Pitt State)
Mason McDow,
RHP, 2016, Honorable Mention All-Conference (Neosho County)
Garon Johnson,
RHP, 2016, Honorable Mention All-Conference
Donovan, Sutti,
INF, 2017, Honorable Mention All-Conference  

Players to Watch
Dalton Town,
LHP/1B, 2016
Josh Meyers
, INF, 2016
Trevor Boehm
, C, 2017  

Season Outlook
Pitching will be the key to success for the Paola Panthers in 2016. They will return three starting pitchers from last spring.  Senior RHP Mason McDow, senior RHP Garon Johnson and junior LHP Blain Olmeier will be called on to lead the team.  Seniors LHP Dalton Town and INF Josh Meyers will add to the senior leadership and be called to have a big impact on the season.  The Panthers will also have a junior duo that will add to the mix of seniorsJunior Donovan Suitt, an Honorable Mention All-Conference last year, will return on the infield and Trevor Boehm will be the game caller behind the plate.  Th Panthers have a good mix of players that will compete for a league an regional title, ultimately trying to get back to the state tournament. 

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