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Hall of Fame Coach, Frank Cutler, and his Black Panthers
Mitchell Daily Republic

Black Panthers State Bound Again?
Jan 10, 2018

Frankly, I have no idea what’s going to happen this season, but here are some things I do know. The Panthers have started their season at 2 wins and 3 losses, which is the exact same record as last season that finished with a state tournament appearance.

Frank Cutler has led the Panther to 12 state appearances, a championship in 2008, and a 2nd place finish in 2009 and 2008. Coach Cutler has over 400 career wins, he knows how to win, and he knows how to win when it matters.

This year the Panthers lost 4 out of the five starters, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have talent. The Panthers are young and athletic with good outside shooters in Xavier Marshal, Cole Nachtigal, and Trevor Sprik (DWU commit).

A problem is they don’t have much size with their tallest player being 6 foot 3 inch freshman, Kelby VanDerWerff, who though being young, can still play with the big boys. VanDerWerff put up 21 against Mount Vernon-Plankinton. The lack of size is a concern, although against Corsica-Stickney Cordel Menning, a force in the paint, only put up two points against the Panthers!

The Panthers have speed with Kade Starr and Hayden Stluka being big fast break threats. This group of guys is athletic, and they play fast. They have the potential to win big games.

The Panthers may be small and somewhat inexperienced, but with the combination of talent and great coaching, the Panthers control their own destiny. 

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