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Derby’s Jacob Karsak – Athlete of the Month Presented by Salina Ortho Physical Therapy

Starting tight end for Derby, Jacob Karsak, is coming off a 63-26 win over Olathe North High School for the Class 6A state title. Karsak said the win is the most memorable moment of his high school career. 

“My favorite moment from this season was definitely winning state. Just being in that moment with my brothers and coaches and realizing that we’ve accomplished our goal for the season was a great feeling,” said Karsak. 

But going 13-0 has its challenges. For Karsak, those challenges occurred long before the title game this year. Karsak was injured in the state title game last year, so returning to play for another title was a special moment for the tight end. 

“This season meant a lot to me, especially after getting hurt last year in the state game and having to get ankle surgery. I rehabbed my butt off to come back bigger, faster and stronger and that showed up on the field. Ultimately I’m glad I was able to help the team to the best of my abilities while along the way getting some success of my own,” said Karsak. 

Karsak now turns his attention to the basketball court where he hopes to help Derby to another great season. 

“This year I’m looking forward to being back on the court with my teammates and having a great senior year after I had missed all of last season.” 

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