Hunter Schroeder of Concordia High School enters year number four as a starter in football this fall for the Panthers. It seems like Schroeder has been around forever in multiple sports at Concordia High School. That's probably because he has made a lot of honors lists over the years.
The senior multiple sport athlete is looking to be one of the best 3A football players in the state this fall after rushing for over 1,000 yards along with 60 tackles (3 interceptions) on the defensive side of the ball for head coach Jordan Echer. He also had over 70 tackles as a junior. He does a little bit of everything whether that’s run the ball, catch the ball, block kicks, ball hawk on defense, return kicks, or bring the physical contact every play as a standout linebacker.
He earned All North Central Kansas League honors at running back last season as well as honorable mention linebacker. He was also a Non-Senior all-state pick from Sports in Kansas on both sides of the ball last season. He also earned CHS Team MVP on offense for his play in 2019.
It doesn’t stop at football either, in fact he may be more well known in wrestling to people statewide as he took runner-up in the state of Kansas last season in 4A wrestling at 182 pounds. He also took fourth place as a sophomore in 2019 at 160 lbs. He will be one of the top wrestlers in the entire state this winter.
Schroeder also gets it done behind the plate in baseball as a first team all-league catcher as a sophomore in 2019 without having a season in 2020 due to Covid-19. The classroom is also very important with a 3.3 GPA. As you can tell there's no off-season for Schroeder as he is always going, competing and getting better.
Schroeder comes from football. His grandfather is Kansas coaching legend Larry Schroeder who coached for over 40 years. Larry is in the KSHSAA Hall of Fame for his accomplishments. He won state football titles at Frankfort in 1983 (1A) and 1996 (2A).
Concordia finished 5-5 last season and will be without all-state hopeful Chas Carlgren (6’2” 235 TE/LB) who was lost to injury this summer with a ACTL and meniscus tear in his career. Although the Panthers are still very hopeful with a big season with 10 other starting spots back for 2020. Concordia opens the season at home with Wamego in week one on September 4th.
We caught up with the multiple sport star below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
This feature is presented by Kueker Family Dentistry. Proud to support Hunter Schroeder and the Concordia Panthers.
Q&A w/ Schroeder
How did you get involved in football?
Football has always been a big part of my family. My first memories of football were of watching my grandfather, Larry Schroeder, as the head football coach at Frankfort. I started by playing flag football in grade school and then I moved up to play tackle football.
What are your goals this season?
My goals for this year are to have a solid senior year with 2,000 yards rushing and to be 3A Offensive Player of the Year. Team goals for this year would be for my team to win a state championship.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
I really think we do, we have several talented returning upperclassmen with experience and we have several young guys that have the ability to step up and make some big contributions.
What makes you such a force as a player?
My drive and determination to never be satisfied and to always strive to be better. I play hard on both sides of the ball until the clock runs out.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
My hometown of Concordia loves football and seeing everyone lined up on the field cheering us on as we take the field is the best. As a player, there is nothing better than seeing my home stands full and hearing the crowd supporting our team.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
Because I play hard on both sides of the ball and I leave it all on the field.
Who are other key players on your team?
Our guys on the offensive line will be key players this year and will be a big part of our success this year.
Honestly, we are all key players, we depend on each other to do a job and without everyone’s contributions we can’t accomplish our goals.
Favorite thing about football?
I love the adrenaline rush I get from playing football. Also, there is just something about Friday Night lights and being able to make a contribution to my high school football program and to make my community proud.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I have wrestled since the age of four and had a lot of success. Being a three-time state qualifier and two-time state placer I am looking to finish my high school career with a state championship this upcoming year. Wrestling has helped me become a better football player.
In the spring, I play baseball and have been the starting catcher for the CHS baseball team.
What is it like to play for your coach?
Coach Echer is fair and really cares about his players both on and off the field. He pushes us to work hard and be our best, but he also allows us to have a little fun and make some memories along the way. Coach always puts his player’s needs before his own.
I appreciate that he believes in me and my abilities and that he pushes me to always be better.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
We pushed each other to hit the weights and get prepared for the season even with the unknowns of COVID. Many of us had to be creative and find ways to make “at home weight benches” just to keep working and stay focused.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I have talked to a few college coaches and I am working hard to have a solid senior year. At the end, I am hoping that the right offer comes my way and I can continue to play football in college.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
Waterfowl Hunting with my dog, Milo.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My hope is that in ten years I can say I have been able to live out my dreams of playing college football while having an amazing college experience and at the end of the day I have a career I love and I am settled down somewhere and happy. I just have to have faith that God has a plan for me and I hope our plans align.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
Science. GPA 3.3
Who is your role model?
My grandfather, Larry Schroeder, has been my role model for my entire life. He coached high school football for over 40 years (most of them at Frankfort High School) and following his retirement, he has always made an effort to be in the stands watching or if he couldn’t be there he was calling my parents for updates. He has always supported me, but he keeps me grounded. Between my grandfather and my dad, they are the reason I am so passionate about the game. I love hearing stories of my grandfather coaching, it inspires me. He is a well-loved and respected coach across the State of Kansas.
When I am asked, are you Coach Larry Schroeder’s grandson, it is always an honor to say, “Yes, he is my grandfather.”
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
Taco John’s has always been the gathering place after Friday night games, but during the week many of the players get together and head to Easy G Sports Grill for Wing Wednesday.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I love when October rolls around and we get to throw on the pink to support cancer awareness. It has always been important to me because I lost one grandmother to cancer and I have another grandmother that is a 40+ year cancer survivor.
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