2016 Team Preview: Mountain Grove Panthers

Shon Plack
Missouri 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: Mountain Grove HS
Nickname: Panthers
Class: Class 3
Conference: South Central Association
Head Coach: Derwin McGownd
Years as head coach at school: 7
2015 Overall Record:  22-7
2015 Conference Finish: 7-0 (1st Place)
2015 Post­ Season Finish: District Champions - Lost in Sectionals
2016 MHSBCA Pre Season Rank: #4

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

Players with 2015 Post Season Honors
Brock Coffman, INF, 2017, 2nd Team All-State
DJ McNew, INF, 2016, 1st Team All-District
Treye Collins, C, 2017, 2nd Team All-Conference
Alex Moore, RHP, 2016, 2nd Team All-Conference

Season Outlook
Mountain Grove finished 22-7 and lost in the state playoff to the eventual state champions.  The Panthers look to get back to the state playoff and contend for the Class 3 state championship in 2016.  They open season as the #4 ranked team in Class 3 and look to defend their conference and district championships. Mountain Grove will ride the big arm of senior RHP Alex Moore, who finished 8-1 last year including a 2-hit shut-out in the district championship.  He will have plenty of defense behind him.  Senior SS DJ McNew is a rangy SS and was named All-District as a junior.  Junior INF Brock Coffman was an All-State selection in 2015 and junior catcher Treye Collins earned All-Conference honors.  The Panthers have their sights set on T.R. Hughes in early July, the home of the Class 3 state championship tournament. 

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