By Hayden Swope
Weston Schrader, a baseball player from Minneapolis, was chosen as the American Family Insurance Athlete of the Month for May. Schrader has played baseball all four years of high school and played in the state tournament game last season.
“It is an honor to be selected as one of the American Family Insurance athletes,” Schrader said. “I have been blessed to be a part of Minneapolis athletics for the last four years playing football and baseball. Baseball has and will always be my favorite sport.”
Making it back to the state tournament was something Schrader and his team focused on this season, but unfortunately, they came up just short.
“One of my goals this season was to get back to the 3A State Tournament in Manhattan,” Schrader said. “I was blessed to have played on last year’s fourth place team as third basemen, catcher, and closing pitcher. I also was involved with our third-place team in 2019. Although we played our final game this year in regionals, I am still proud of my team this year.”
Schrader said he will miss the memories he had with his team but will always remember an important game going into regionals.
“The most memorable moment was our doubleheader sweep over Concordia,” Schrader said. “We played good team baseball all around and it felt good to get a couple more wins going into regionals.”
After high school, Schrader will attend Kansas State University to major in Animal Science while working to compete on the livestock and meat judging teams.