Recognizing the 2020 Senior Class

The 2020 Senior class endured a season like no other.  Congratulations to this year’s class – many of whom are continuing their baseball careers at the collegiate level (*).

      • Alec McGinnis – Augustana *
      • Alex Smith – Carl Sandburg *
      • Ben Hanson – Heartland
      • Connor Stephenson – Case Western *
      • Daniel Ogden – St. Ambrose
      • Evan Ericson – Heartland
      • Evan Hutson – Illinois Wesleyan *
      • Evan Wallgren – Heartland
      • Garrett Swingler – Illinois Wesleyan *
      • Sean Shook – Heartland *
      • Will Kafer – Illinois Wesleyan *

Highlights from the 2020 season that never was……

In March, the COVID-19 pandemic totally disrupted the world as we knew it.  All of us were forced to shelter in place, wear masks in public, social distance, and limit the size of any gathering.  Students and teachers moved to an online learning model – one that is going to continue into the start of the fall academic year.

After just a few days of practice, the baseball season came to a screeching halt… Gulf Shores trip over spring break, no conference games, no games against rivals NCHS or U-High, no chance to play in the postseason….there was no season.

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, find a way to make lemonade.  This year required student athletes, coaches, and parents to make gallons of lemonade!  It tested the resolve of everyone in the West baseball program, and only reinforced Coach Hawkins’ core principals of “Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul.”

Here are a few highlights from the season that never was…..

A special video from the varsity players to Coach Hawkins (created by Cheryl Shook) –

Alec McGinnis and Evan Hutson put things into perspective in this WMBD news interview –

Coach Hawkins’ interview with Randy Kindred –

A video Coach Hawkins helped to create for the players this season –


2019 Conference and Regional Champs!

Congratulations to the Wildcat Varsity team……your 2019 Big 12 Conference Champs going 11-1 in conference play this season.  And now your 2019 Normal West Regional Champs!  Let’s keep it rolling boys!!!