Head coach: Mike Sparrow, 16th season
2016 record: 27-8 (10-0 Division IV Southern, first)
Returning letter winners (starters): Twelve (eight)
Top players: 3B Madison Harris (Sr.), SS/2B Kyla Shumway (Sr.), C Madalyn Taylor (Jr.), P/2B Ashlyn Wadsworth (Jr.), SS/2B Morgan Harris (So.)
Outlook: The Panthers return eight starters from a squad that captured the school’s fourth consecutive state title last season.
Marison Harris (.447, 4 home runs, 40 RBIs), Taylor (.398, 34 RBIs), Davis (.390, 4 homers, 37 RBIs) and Wadsworth (14-5, 3.00 ERA) have played big roles on some of the title squads. Morgan Harris (.375, 23 RBIs) also contributed last year for the Panthers, who picked up Shumway, a transfer from Moapa Valley.
“Our current seniors and juniors have been a major part of our success as underclassmen the last two or three years,” Sparrow said. “We do expect to contend in the postseason again this year.”