2016 Team Preview: Concordia Panthers



Shon Plack
Kansas Scouting Director


As  we  prepare  for  the  upcoming  2016  high  school  season,  we  will  be  taking  a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Concordia HS
Nickname: Panthers
Class: Class 4A ­ DII
Conference: North Central Kansas League
Head Coach: Brandt Hutchinson
Years as head coach at school: 9
Twitter Handle: @Diamondpanthers
2015 Overall Record: 21-­4
2015 Conference Finish: 10­-0 (1st Place)
2015 Post ­Season Finish: State Runner Up

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 5

PLAYERS WITH 2015 POST SEASON HONORS
Ethan Bechard, RHP, 2016, 1st Team All­-NCKL
Colby Trost, 2B, 2016, 1st Team All­-NCKL
Trevor Tholstrup, OF, 2016, 1st Team All­-NCKL
Cole Larson, RHP, 2017, 1st Team All­NCKL, 1st Team All­-State
Billy Bechard, RHP, 2018, Honorable Mention All­-NCKL

Season Outlook
The Concordia Panthers will return five players and three pitchers that finished second in the state in 2015.  First Team All-Stater Cole Larsen will be leading the charge in 2016.  Larsen is a 5-foot-11 160-pound RHP and SS, showing an 84 mph fastball and an 80 mph positional velo.  Sophomore Billy Bechard was an Honorable Mention All-NCKL player a ago and along with Larsen will give the Panthers a pair of underclassmen with experience.  A trio of seniors will be back in 2016 to lead Concordia back to the state championship.  RHP Ethan Bechard, 2B Colby Trost, and OF Trevor Tholstrup.  The Panthers had a .929 field percentage ago, and feel it will be an instrumental part of their success this season as well.  They have a group committed on looking ahead to the spring of 2016 instead of the accomplishments of the past.  They will be a team to contend with this year for the Class 4A-DII state championship.

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