Conner Linebarger prepares for final season in the Treasure State


Bozeman senior Conner Linebarger is really enjoying himself this spring.

Conner has committed to a Division 1 school to play baseball next year, will be graduating this spring and is now focused on enjoying his final high school baseball season. "It's a huge relief to already commit to where you want to go," said Linebarger. "Now I just can have fun my last year and just make it the best." Conner committed to the University of Hawaii in January, saying the weather was the biggest factor in his decision. If you've ever been to Montana, you will understand why. "Weather was a main factor to me," said Conner. "I wanted to go someplace where I could be outside everyday. You can't beat Hawaii's weather." "He sent me a picture on my phone," said Bozeman Bucks head coach Dave Legg. "He was standing at home plate, in shorts. When I got that I said, 'well that's where he's going." One reason Hawaii had their eye on Conner was his versatility. Conner played third for the Bucks last season but will begin the year behind the plate until Nate Lamberty returns from his first year at college at Whitworth. That type of versatility is sure to help him Conner see the field in Hawaii. "Infield is what I was recruited as," said Linebarger. "But I mean you never know what position I could play. They said I could even play in the outfield, so wherever I can fit in." "You can't be to set on, I'm a shortstop, or I'm this, or I'm that," said Legg. "With him being a good athlete, actually a great athlete, that'll give him a lot of options and you want to have that when you get to college." With only a few months left before college, Conner can enjoy his last season as a Buck, while picturing the sandy beaches of Hawaii. His family is sure to be picturing them as well. "They're gonna have a good place to come visit," Linebarger said. "So they'll be happy to come out and see me there." "It is a beautiful place to play," Legg said. "It is a beautiful stadium, great fans. Coming from a snow storm and you got out there and it's 80 degrees and it's a beautiful ball park, it does recruit itself some."