Last season, the boy’s cross country team reached the state meet for the first time since 2012 and took home a ninth-place team finish. Heading into 2021, the Panthers are aiming to build off a successful 2020 campaign but will need new pieces to step up into significant roles.

After an unusual season last year due to pandemic restrictions, the Derby Panther Band is gearing up for a more regular marching schedule.The band’s halftime show this season is called “Heavy Metal,” and as one could guess, features a classic track from the genre: “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath…

At 6 a.m., an hour when many Derby residents are either still asleep or just getting around, a group of DHS students are busy working on their routines for the next big game. They’re the members of the Derby Pantherettes and, this year, the dance team is looking to make an impact by cheering…

The girl’s cross country program is chock-full of talent, and with 10 seniors and rising key pieces, there will be a lot of competition for varsity spots. With the number of seniors the squad has, this may be the year the Panthers make up the gap in 6A cross country.

It is no surprise that Derby is going to run the football a lot. The problem for opposing defenses is going to be how to stop it throughout 40 minutes of football. The ground game is primed to have a dominant year behind a massive offensive line and premium talent in the backfield.

Girls golf will face a massive overhaul as the Panthers begin the chase for a seventh-straight state appearance after finishing seventh at state last season.Senior Chloe Johnson and junior Katy Johnson will be aiming to lead the golf squad. Sophomore Hannah Minnis will likely join the top sq…

There will be no shortage of experience for the Derby High School cheerleaders this year. With six veteran seniors leading the group, they have the maturity and understanding of the routines to make it a special year, said coach Kari Schott.

Derby volleyball qualified for state in back-to-back seasons for the second time in school history last season but fell short of the ultimate goal of a state title with an early exit in the quarterfinals against Garden City. This season, the Panthers are looking to rebuild around a solid cor…