2016 Team Preview Northwest HS



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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

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

Team: Northwest HS
Nickname: Jaguars
Class: 4A
Conference: 4A West
Head Coach:  Todd Varesco
Years as HC:  5th
Twitter: @NWJaguars
2015 Record: 13-9
2015 Conference Record: 6-4
2015 Post Season: Sectional Semi Final

Players with Post-Season Honors
Josh Netterville 2nd Team All-division
Mac Adelman 1st Team All Division

Players to Watch
OF Josh Netterville 2017 (East Carolina)
C Mac Adelman
OF Ryan Kennington

Season Outlook
Northwest is hoping to build off the 2015 season where they lost in the sectional semi-final against eventual 4A state champion Gaithersburg HS. Leading the returning starters are Mac Adelman and Josh Netterville. Adelman hit .437 for the Jaguars during the season starting 18 games and should provide a presence behind the plate as well. Netterville, an East Carolina recruit, might be the fastest player in Maryland with speed in the 6.4 ?? 6.5 range. The switch-hitter is very talented and has plenty of raw ability left on the field. Last year he hit .349 for the Jaguars and was 9-for-11 in stolen bases. Keep an eye out for St. John??s (DC) transfer Ryan Kennington to add depth as well as 2017 Michael Yuille to bring some potential pop to the lineup. Dylan Jaeger should also give the Jaguars another option behind the plate.

Northwest will have to find a replacement on the mound for ace Joseph Brauch from last season.  Brauch had 43 innings on the mound and a 3.09 ERA. Look for Adelman to add from last season with his 21.1 innings in 2015 with a 0.98 ERA leading to a 4-0 record. Griffin Bubb could see an increased role after being a mainstay in the bullpen leading the team in appearances with 10 and a 1.62 ERA. Look out for 2017 Zach Greber to add depth to the staff this season. Overall, the Jaguars are going to have to find some returners to step into to new roles on the offensive end after losing a big group of seniors in 2015.

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