The Martin Luther/Granada Huntley East Chain/Truman baseball team made program history last season with its first state tournament appearance.

One of the key cogs from last year's section 2A title run is off to a solid start in 2018, highlighted by a no–hitter last week against USC.

Rob Clark tells us why Derek Shoen is our KEYC News 12 Prep Athlete of the Week brought to you by Scheels.

"He's done a great job on both sides of the ball, pitching has been spectacular, hitting has come a long ways, and he's been batting at the top of the order since he was a freshman," said Scott Chirpich, head coach.

Derek Shoen does it all, the senior pitches can play third or first base  and even catch if needed.

At the plate, the Jaguars star keeps his approach simple.

"The main goal of mine is to get on base as much as I can so other guys have an opportunity to drive me in," said Shoen, prep athlete of the week.

"He's done a much better job being patient, taking walks. When he gets a pitch to drive, he's putting the barrel on it. He knows what his zone is and what he can hit, and what he shouldn't do. He's doing a great job being patient and relaxed, getting on and driving runners in," said Chirpich.

After high school, Shoen's next stop is Iowa Western  which hopefully leads to another opportunity down the road.

"They've gotten three national championships in the last six years. They do a great job at sending kids to power five conferences which is my goal. It's good to know that. Coach has been there for 16 years, it's nice that he'll see me through for two years to develop me as a person and a player," said Shoen.

Shoen's abilities as an all–around player is why he's our KEYC News 12 Prep Athlete of the Week  brought to you by Scheels.