2016 Team Preview: Westminster Wildcats

Shon Plack
Missouri 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: Westminster Christian
Nickname: Wildcats
Class: 4A
Conference: Metro League
Head Coach: Rich Van Gilst
Years as head coach at school: 31 
2015 Overall Record: 26-6
2015 Conference Finish: 10-1 (1st Place)
2015 Post­ Season Finish: Lost in districts
2016 MHSBCA Pre Season Rank: #5

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 6

Players with 2015 Post Season Honors
Jake Matheny,
C, 2016, 2nd Team All-State (Indiana)
Ben Sems,
SS/RHP, 2016, Honorable Mention All-State (Kansas)
Nick Glanvill,
1B, 2016, 2nd Team All-Conference
Zach Shultz,
OF, 2016, 2nd Team All-Conference
DJ Stewart,
INF/RHP, 2017, 2nd Team All-Conference, MHSBCA Newcomer Award

Players to Watch
Weston Shad
, C/INF, 2017 (Murray State)
Kevin Graham,
INF, 2018 (Mississippi)
Logan McCall
, RHP, 2016 (Harding)

Season Outlook
The Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats look to back to the state championship and continue the success they have had in the past decade.  The Wildcats return a host of plays, many already carrying college commitments.  They will start four players that will continue their baseball career at an NCAA Div. 1 school.  Headed by All State catcher, Jacob Mathey, an Indiana commit and Ben Sems, a Kansas commit and three year starter.  The duo will bring experience and leadership to the 2016 squad.  They will have a bunch of talent around them as well, including three All-Conference players from a year ago.  DJ Stewart, a talented 2017 player and MHSBCA Newcomber of the Year will be a tough out in the line up and a nice compliment to Sems in the middle infield.  Senior 1B Nick Glanvill will also return with All-Conference honors along with senior OF Zach Schultz. Look for junior Weston Schad, a Murray State commit, senior Logan McCall, a Harding commit and sophomore Kevin Graham, a Mississippi commit to have increased roles this spring. The Wildcats open the season as the fifth ranked team in Class 4.  They are hungry to get back to the State Championship and carry on the winning tradition.  They have talent to do so.     

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