Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 17 Eau Claire North



The Wisconsin high school season kicks off on March 29, the first day for regular season games. Most teams will begin practicing on March 21, getting their rosters set and finalizing their lineups.

Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we will be rolling out team previews of high school teams all across the state and across all classifications, eventually launching our Preseason Power 25.

We have been sending out our annual Preseason Questionnaire to coaches all across the state and as the responses flood in we will bring you a snapshot of what to expect along with top players and keys to success for that particular team. If you don’t see your team’s season preview make sure your head coach fills out his Preseason Questionnaire.

Team: Eau Claire North
Preseason Rank: 17
2015 Record: 16-8
Conference: Big Rivers
WIAA Division: 1
Head Coach:
Bob Johnson
Playoff Run: Regional
2015 Final Rank: Not Ranked 
 

TOP PLAYERS

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Adam LaRock WI Eau Claire North
2016 SS
Iowa
Tanner Halvorson WI Eau Claire North 2017 LHP
Lukas Lanners WI Eau Claire North 2016 3B

Zac Stange WI Eau Claire North 2017 IF

 X-FACTOR

Adam LaRockSenior Adam LaRock is one of the top prospects in the state, and will be called upon to pull double duty for the Huskies both on the mound and with the bat. LaRock is an Iowa commit, and coming off a second-team all-conference season in 2015 where he hit .393 and went 4-2 on the mound with a 2.28 ERA.



OUTLOOK
The Huskies are returning in 2016 with three all-conference arms returning to the mound. Junior LHP Tanner Halvorson was a first-team all-conference selection lastTanner Halvorson year after posting a 6-3 record with a 1.42 ERA. The southpaw looks primed and ready for a 2016 campaign, recently siting 82-84 mph with well-above average secondary stuff at the Madison Preseason I.D. Couple that with the mid-upper 80's fastball of Adam LaRock and you have a pretty formidable 1-2 punch to rely on come playoff time.

Coach Johnson and the Huskies should be one of the favorites in the Big Rivers conference along with cross town rival Eau Claire Memorial. Both North and Memorial return a hefty portion of their 2015 pitching staff's as reigning champs River Falls graduated a lot of senior starters.

If you are a high school coach and have yet to send in your Preseason Questionnaire please fill one out HERE.

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