2017 Team Preview: Mountain Grove Panthers



Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

As  we  prepare  for  the  upcoming  2017  high  school  season,  we  will  be  taking  a 
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.


Team:
Mountain Grove
Nickname: Panthers
Class: Class 3
Conference: South Central Association
Head Coach: Derwin McDownd
Years as head coach at school: 8th year
2016 Overall Record: 25-5
2016 Conference Finish: 7-0 (1st Place)
2016 Post­ Season Finish: Class 3 State Champions

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 5

Players with 2016 Post Season Honors
Alex Moore
, RHP, 2016, 1st Team All State (Missouri State)
D.J. McNew
, SS, 2016, 1st team All State
Treye Collins
, C, 2017, 1st Team All State
Brock Coffman
, 2B, 2017, 3rd Team All-State
Blaine Halford
, OF, 2016, 3rd Team All-State
Cory Allen
, OF, 2016 1st Team SCA (Evangel)
Hayden Newberry
, OF, 2018, 2nd Team All SCA
Austin Williams, 3B, 2017, Honorable Mention All SCA

Players to Watch
Connor McNew, OF, 2018

SEASON OUTLOOK
Mountain Grove will enter the 2017 season as the defending Class 3 champion finishing with a 25-5 record.  The Panthers will have five starters returning the field from last season, four of those players received post season honors.  A pair of seniors, C Treye Collins and 2B Brock Coffman were named All-State, while junior OF Hayden Newberry and senior 3B Austin Williams earned All-Conference honors.  Mountain Grove have three pitchers returning from 2016's team and will be looking for increased roles from those pitchers with experience. Also, look for junior OF Conner McNew to make an impact this spring as the Panthers try to repeat.  Coach McDownd, in his 8th season, will have Mountain Grove ready as they look to repeat the success they attained in 2016. 

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High School coaches can request a 2017 Team Survey by email PBR State Director, Shon Plack at, [email protected].

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