Harpst set to reunite with former coach, joins Bulldog softball

Harpst set to reunite with former coach, joins Bulldog softball

SEWARD, Neb. – Former Lincoln North Star High School star Kylie Harpst has officially signed with the Concordia University softball team and will have two years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2014-15 athletic season. Harpst played her first two seasons of collegiate softball at NCAA Division II Pittsburg State University (Kan.) and is making the transfer to Concordia.

The move reunites Harpst with Bulldog head coach Todd LaVelle, who also coached her at Lincoln North Star.

“She was an outstanding player at the high school level and she has carried that success over to the next level,” LaVelle said. “We are very excited to have her at Concordia for the next two years. She will be a great addition to the program for many reasons. She’s a fine student, athlete and young woman.”

At North Star, Harpst led the LaVelle-coached Gators to a state runner-up finish in 2009. During her prep career the pitcher/outfielder collected all-state honors twice and hit .403 with 95 RBIs, 41 stolen bases, 100 runs and 31 doubles. In the circle, she notched a 1.91 career ERA and 570 strikeouts.

Serving mostly as a pitcher for Pittsburg State (member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) in 2014, Harpst went 9-6 with a 3.40 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 94.2 innings. She also totaled six hits, including two home runs and a double, in 22 at bats.

Kylie is the daughter of James and Vickie Harpst. She was a family and consumer sciences education major at Pittsburg State.

27 May 2014

Kylie Harpst

Photo via Pittsburg State athletics