2018 Team Preview: Mountain Grove Panthers


Shon Plack
Missouri 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: Mountain Grove HS
Nickname: Panthers
Class: Class 3
Conference: South Central Association
Head Coach: Derwin McGownd
Years as head coach at school: 10
2017 Overall Record: 16-6
2017 Conference Record:
6-1 (2nd Place)
2017 Post Season Finish: Lost in Sectionals

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers
: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 4
Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Treye Collins
, C, 2017, 1st Team All State
Brock Coffman
, INF, 2017, 1st Team All State
Austin Williams
, P/INF, 2017 1st Team All District (Drury)
Hayden Newberry
, INF, 2018 1st Team All District
Cade Coffman
, INF, Honorable Mention All State
Conner NcNew
, OF/P, 2018, 1st Team All District
Raleigh Wakefield
, DH, 2018, 2nd Team All-SCA

Players to Watch
John Felker, C, 2019
Dylan Massey, OF, 2019
Dawson Hiller, INF, 2019
Bailey Linton, P, 2018

Season Outlook

The Panthers will have a solid nucleus returning from last year's team that finished 16-6 and won a district championship.  With the exception of one pitcher, the whole staff returns, but the Panthers will have to replace two-time All State catcher Treye Collins.  Mountain Grove will look to junior John Felker to take over behind the plate this spring and lead the experienced pitching staff.  The Panthers will have a pair of Honorable Mention All-Staters on the infield in seniors Hayden Newberry and Cade Coffman, while Conner McNew (OF) and Raleigh Wakfield (DH) return to the line up after earning All District and All Conference honors last year, respectively.  Watch for junior Dylan Massey to have impact in the outfield this year after being injured in 2017. Also watch for junior Dawson Hiler on the infield and senior Bailey Linton on the mound this spring for increased innings. This spring, the Panthers are ready to make some noise in the state tournament.  


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