The Derby Panthers will be without one key player from their recent successful seasons: New Iowa State star Addy Brown. The good news for the Panthers, though, is that all 11 other players return this season, including their new leader Destiny Smith.
Colby High School's Anna Starbuck, junior, was forced to miss a handful of tournaments and practice last season due to injury. Now she is back to 100% and ready to defend her state title from her freshman year.
Derby girls basketball is undefeated and ranked in the top five in the state in class 6A. The Panthers are led by one of the top players in the country in the class of 2023 in junior Addy Brown, a versatile forward who can strike from anywhere on the court.
One of the most talented tight ends in Kansas this season is Kapaun’s Will Anciaux. He’s a top five recruit in the class of 2023 and will be a big time factor for the Crusaders on both sides of the ball this season.
More eyes than ever before are on the Hays football program, as senior Jaren Kanak, whose recruiting exploded after running the second fastest 100-meter dash time in Kansas, returns for one final season before playing at Clemson.