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Two Buccaneers to join the Vikings

By Staff | May 19, 2019

Seniors Karson Legred and Hunter Bleess, seated left to right, sign their letters of intent to play baseball for Bethany Lutheran College. Joining them were their parents, standing, left to right, Brent Legred, Julie Legred, Shelley Bleess and Nick Bleess. The have been teammates on the Buccaneers baseball team for many years.

Two young men who have been playing baseball together since they were youngsters are going to remain teammates as they head for college.

Blue Earth Area High School students Hunter Bleess and Karson Legred are both heading to Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, not only for their education, but also to play baseball for the Vikings.

These two baseball enthusiasts have played catch a lot over the years. Bleess is a long-time pitcher and Legred has been the catcher for most of his pitches.

The BEA seniors are excited to be able to continue enjoying their love of baseball while being on the diamond as teammates.

“We have been together a long time and I am happy to be able to continue that,” Legred says.

An opportunity to play together is not the only reason the two seniors selected Bethany as their college of choice.

“I like the campus setting, they have had a good baseball program and won the conference title last year,” Bleess explains. “And now they are playing their home games at Franklin Rogers Park, which is a great place to play.”

The pair are not the first BEA graduates to play baseball for the Vikings. Trent Sonnicksen and Brandyn Olsen also wore the red, white and black for Bethany.

After winning the UMAC tournament championship, the Vikings were scheduled to play their opening game of the NCAA Division III tournament on Friday, May 17 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

The fact the college is less than 50 miles from Blue Earth was another positive factor in choosing Bethany.

“Oh yeah, I like the location being close to home,” Legred adds.

As for their education while at Bethany, Bleess will be studying physical therapy while Legred is entering the pre-med field.

Bethany Lutheran College is a four-year, liberal arts college, which was founded in 1927, offering 24 different majors.