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December 27, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Derek Bycroft won back-to-back Kansas 4A pitcher of the year awards as a junior and senior at Iola High School. He also was a key cog in Iola’s quest to its first 4A-II state championship in 2018. 

Now, Bycroft is on the mound in Bartlesville at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. While the former Iola ace hasn’t had his first formal season yet, he has had a taste of college baseball with the Eagles’ fall season.

“It is fun, a lot of fun,” Bycroft said. “There is a ton of guys there, and everyone is cool. It is a completely different feel from high school, and even Legion ball. Everyone there is competing for a spot, with almost 60 guys on the team.”

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