For the fifth time in his storied coaching career, Kenny Wyatt is the KRES Boys’ Coach of the Year. Wyatt’s Salisbury Panthers compiled a 29-3 record to claim their second-ever state title. Wyatt compared this year’s championship squad to the previous one in 2013.
Wyatt’s lone KRES All-Star this season was Cooper Francis, who was a driving force on the championship team. He averaged 19 points, six rebounds and four assists per game. Wyatt said Francis’ journey to the championship was a rewarding one.
Francis led the Panthers in scoring in both the semifinal and championship games. While Francis’ contributions were key, Wyatt said it took a group effort to raise the championship trophy.
Salisbury had to contend with the passing of a teammate and friend in London White the week of the Show-Me Showdown. Wyatt credited the team’s tight bond in rallying together for White.
The Panthers entered the fourth quarter in both Show-Me Showdown games tied. They proceeded to match White’s number 20 by scoring 20 points in each fourth quarter on their way to the championship.