2018 Team Preview: Derby Panthers

Shon Plack
Kansas Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2018 high school season, we will be taking a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Derby HS
Nickname: Panthers
Class: 6A
Conference: AVCTL-D1
Head Coach: Todd Olmstead
Years as head coach at school: 6th
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2017 Overall Record: 14-7
2017 Conference Record: 8-4 (Tied for 2nd Place)
2017 Post Season Finish: Lost in 1st Round of State Tournament

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 2
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 5

Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Brett Westerman, 2B, 2018, 2nd Team All-AVCTL (Friends Univ.)
Alex Jacobs,
3B, 2018, 2nd Team All-AVCTL (Butler CC)
Alex McGill,
C, 2018, Honorable Mention All-AVCTL (Pratt CC)
Brayden Paxton,
1B, 2018 Honorable Mention All-AVCTL
Noah Johnson,
RHP, 2018, Honorable Mention All-AVCTL

Players to Watch
Jackson Syring, CF, 2019
Hunter Igo,
SS, 2019
Grant Adler,
RHP/3B, 2020
Blayten Tullis,
RHP, 2018

Season Outlook

The Panthers look to get back to the 6A State Tournament this spring. Butler County commit, Alex Jacobs will be asked to pick the the bulk of the innings along with fellow right-hander Noah JohnsonBlayten Tullis, Brayden Paxton and Grant Adler will add depth to the pitching staff and will also contribute with big innings on the mound.  Look for Paxton to have an impact offensively as well with Brett Westerman and Alex McGill rounding out the line up with upper class experience.  Derby has some exciting young players as well.  Jackson Syring is physical and athletic and looks to build on the last third of the 2017 season. Hunger Igo is an athletic shortstop and sophomore Grant Adler will play a roll on the mound and at third base.  In 2018, the Derby Panthers will be poised to make another run in the Kansas 6A State Tournament.

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