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Connor Olson

Connor Olson is a 2014 graduate of West Lutheran High School.  Connor was an active and involved student at West who was able to grow both spiritually and academically during his four years of study at the school.  Many of us had the opportunity to watch him play baseball for the Warriors.   During his career here he received eight letters, four in baseball and four in football for the Warriors.  Connor was named team captain in his junior and senior seasons in baseball and his senior year in football.  He also earned All-Conference and All-Section 4A honors as a senior in baseball.   Connor led the Warriors to three consecutive conference titles and a combined record of 54-13 from his freshman through his junior years.  In 2014 he received Perfect Game All Central Region Honorable Mention.  Connor also played for former Minnesota Twin Al Newman with the Minnesota Blizzard in the off-season while receiving the Team Leadership Award for four consecutive years.

During the summer of 2015 he played on the Wayzata American Legion team and won the State Championship for the first time in that team’s history.  He also played on a men’s amateur team—the Minnetonka Millers—both last summer and this summer.  The team won the State Championship both years.  After graduating from West Lutheran, Connor chose to continue his education at Concordia University in St. Paul where he is majoring in business with a minor in sports management.  In his freshman year at Concordia, Connor played in 43 games with 42 starts, earning nine starts behind the plate and 33 at designated hitter.  As a Golden Bear in 2016, Connor had the privilege of being a NCBWA Division II All-Central Region honorable mention, a 2016 All-NSIC First Team Catcher and NSIC All Tournament Team Catcher as well as NSIC All-Academic.  A very special honor for Connor is that he was voted Concordia College Athlete of the Year for 2015/2016.  This is chosen by head coaches and sports administrators and speaks to the athlete’s character as well as their athletic ability.

Christian education is important to the Olson family.  Each of their three children attended Redeemer Lutheran Grade School in Wayzata and West Lutheran High School.  Deb Olson, Connor’s mother, has expressed the wonderful thought that both Connor’s team at Concordia University as well as the Minnetonka Millers team take a knee and say a prayer after every game, just as his team did at West Lutheran.  God has blessed Connor in so many ways in his baseball career, leading him to the right team and the right college for him.  We wish Connor much success, spiritual, academic and athletic, during the years ahead.