By William / www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

MCPHERSON – McPherson High School Activities Director Shane Backhus recently announced the 2021 Bullpup Wall of Fame inductees and among them is a former all-state baseball player for the mid-1990’s who later went on and served our country as a decorated military member.

Chad Wedel was an all-around athlete who lettered all four years of high school in baseball while earning several all-league and all-state honors in both baseball and football from 1991-1995.

By the end of his Bullpup baseball career, Wedel held or tied four school records in single season batting average, on base percentage, hits on the season and triples.

For three straight seasons Wedel earned honors as All-Class 5A in baseball, once as an outfielder and twice as a shortstop.

During his senior season of 1994-95, Wedel was the Ark Valley League Most Valuable Player as well as earning all-league in football as both a running back and defensive back while still finding time to be named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students.

After graduating in 1995, Wedel moved on to become an all-conference outfielder for Butler Community College in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference. He also earned honors as an Academic All-American in both 1996 and 1997 for the National Junior College Athletic Association.

In 1999, Wedel joined the United States Navy where he earned a commission as an officer in 2000 and then rose to the rank of Commander before recently announcing his retirement.

Wedel spent time in the Navy as a diver and surface warfare officer as well as an Intelligence Officer and served three tours in Iraq. Wedel will retire with five military commendations.

A summary of Chad Wedel’s career:

 1991-92 =

  • Varsity Baseball Letterman

1992-93 =

  • Varsity Baseball Letterman
  • Member of the Ark Valley League Championship Baseball Team
  • All Ark Valley League 1st Team as a utility player
  • KABC Class 5A All-State 1st Team as an outfielder

1993-94 =

  • Varsity Baseball Letterman
  • Member of the KSHSAA Class 5A 4th Place baseball team
  • All-Ark Valley League 2nd Team as a shortstop
  • KABC Class 5A All-State 1st Team as a shortstop
  • Summer Season Cen-Ark Baseball All-Star
  • Named to the National Honor Society
  • Named to the Kansas Honor Scholar & Kansas Honor Roll

1994-95 =

  • Varsity Football Letterman
  • All-Ark Valley League 1st Team Football as a defensive back
  • All-Ark Valley League 2nd Team Football as a running back
  • All-Southwest Kansas Football Honorable Mention as both a running back and defensive back
  • Varsity Baseball Letterman for fourth season
  • Ark Valley League Baseball Most Valuable Player
  • All-Ark Valley League 1st Team Baseball as a shortstop
  • KABC Class 5A All-State 1st Team as a shortstop
  • Named to the KABC All-Star Team
  • Held Bullpup school record in Batting Average (.498 in 1995)
  • Held Bullpup school record in On-Base Percentage (.612 in 1995)
  • Held Bullpup school record in Hits (35 in both 1994 and 1995)
  • Tied Bullpup school record for Triples in a season (4 in 1994)
  • Named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students

1995-97 =

  • Played baseball at Butler Community College in the Kansas Jayhawk League
  • Named National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American in both 1996 and 1997
  • Named Kansas Jayhawk League West Division All-Conference as an outfielder in 1997

1999-2022 =

  • Joined the United State Navy
  • Commissioned as an Officer in 2000
  • Retired at the rank of a Navy Commander
  • Served as a Navy Diver and Surface Warfare Officer from 2000-2006
  • Served as a Navy Intelligence Officer from 2007-2022
  • Served three deployments to Iraq in 2003, 2008-09, and 2011
  • Among the Unit, Campaign, and Personal Decorations Wedel earned were:
  • The Bronze Star Medal
  • Two Defensive meritorious Service Medals
  • The Meritorious Service Medal
  • The Combat Action Ribbon