Karson Klima, a baseball player at Derby, was chosen as the Shelter Insurance Athlete of the Month for March. Klima hit .225 with 21 RBIs last year for the Panthers as a third baseman.
“It means a lot (to be chosen),” Klima said. “I love this town and I’m glad to make a positive impact on it.”
Klima was focused on improving his strength and speed this offseason which is important to Klima as an athlete.
“My trainer is Mike Warren (I call him Skip). We have been training and working together since I was 14,” Klima said. “He has a lot of passion for this game, and he doesn’t just teach me baseball, he teaches me a lot about life. We have been working really hard this offseason and I’m really excited to see what the season holds.”
Derby took third at the 6A Tournament last season and Klima has big expectations for the Panthers this season.
“I think we are going to have a great team this year,” Klima said. “I believe in all of our guys, and we are coming for that state title.”
Next year Klima plans to go to Cowley Community College and play baseball with the hope of one day getting drafted.