Coming off a 19-7 season that ended in the district final, the Delta Panthers will have a new face on the bench. Marc Comstock takes over as head coach with 39 total years of coaching experience.
Some key faces are also gone on the court, as first team all-league performer Noah Munger and second team all-league honoree Ethan Edwards have graduated. Also lost from last season are Alex Lutheran, Cole Weishampel and Parker Phillips.
The Panthers do, however, have a pair of All-NWOAL performers back. Senior Noah Parsons returns after being named honorable mention all-league and averaging 10 points per contest last season.
Senior Evan Vasquez also was honorable mention and scored 10 a game for Delta a season ago. Other returning letter winners are senior Marc Callahan, who scored 5 points per game and senior Tim Sonick, who scored 2 points per game.
Sophomore Bowen Green and junior Peyton Phillips will be counted on as newcomers to the varsity.
Comstock said that the three point shooting of both Parsons and Vasquez will be a strength for the team. Those two give the Panthers the ability to stretch the floor. Another strength will be the ability to rebound the ball.
The newness facing the Panthers will be a weakness, according to the coach. Delta must deal with a new staff, new system, and a lack of experience.
In the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, Comstock sees Swanton and Wauseon as the favorites with everyone else chasing them.
Delta opens the regular season with a non-league contest at Swanton on Dec. 5.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010