Players pictured include Jacob Rodgers, Gavin Stober, Corey Walls, Kendall Roof, Ryan Hesse, Dylan Hughes, Caden Slusher, Jason Luth, Nick Hawk, Caleb Kinney, Gabe Schaaf, and Riley Samples. Coaches pictured are Doug Hughes, Zach Bates, Drew Luginbill, Cort Smith, Jeff Boyer, and Student Assistant Brady McKee. Managers pictured are: Brayton Luginbill, Carson Tong, Trey Anderson, Ethan Pond, Jaxson Stover, Ryan Loons and Cooper Clay. (Photo courtesy of Speckshots)
Players pictured include Jacob Rodgers, Gavin Stober, Corey Walls, Kendall Roof, Ryan Hesse, Dylan Hughes, Caden Slusher, Jason Luth, Nick Hawk, Caleb Kinney, Gabe Schaaf, and Riley Samples. Coaches pictured are Doug Hughes, Zach Bates, Drew Luginbill, Cort Smith, Jeff Boyer, and Student Assistant Brady McKee. Managers pictured are: Brayton Luginbill, Carson Tong, Trey Anderson, Ethan Pond, Jaxson Stover, Ryan Loons and Cooper Clay. (Photo courtesy of Speckshots)

ROCKFORD - With only two returning starters, the Panther basketball team will rely on a bevy of newcomers to compete in the MAC this season.

Caleb Kinney and Dylan Hughes, both second team All-MAC players last season, are Parkway’s only returning starters from last year’s team.

Kinney is coming off of a season where he averaged 13.6 points per game to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists for Head Coach Doug Hughes.

Hughes is entering his 10th season as the head basketball coach at Parkway, with a record of 86-114 in that span of years.

When the Panthers win their first game this season, it will be Hughes’ 200th career victory in his 18 seasons as a head coach overall.

“In order for us to take the next step in the process, we must be able to defend, rebound, and take care of the ball,” said Parkway Head Coach Doug Hughes. “Our players have worked hard in the off-season to make this a memorable year.”

Aside from Kinney and Hughes, the Panthers have three other returning letterwinners in Corey Walls, Nick Hawk, and Caden Slusher.

Walls scored 6.3 points per game last season along with about one assist and one rebound per game. Slusher contributed four points per game, while grabbing one rebound and dishing out one assist per game as well.

The Pathers will attempt to put together a winning season in 2019, as they went 12-12 overall with a 2-7 record in the MAC a year ago.

“It should be another very competative year in the Midwest Athletic Conference,” Hughes said. “I look for a number of teams to vie for the league championship.”

To make waves in their loaded conference, they’ll have to build chemistry on the fly with seven key newcomers. Four seniors, Gavin Stober, Ryan Hesse, Jason Luth, and Kendall Roof will attempt to contribute to Parkway’s relatively inexperienced roster.

Sophmores Gabe Schaaf, Jacob Rodgers, and Riley Samples will all make an effort to earn minutes in the Panther rotation as underclassmen.

Parkway will open their season tonight when they travel to Waynesfield-Goshen High School to take on the Tigers.