Tier 1 recognizes the hard work and dedication that each athlete puts forth each day. The monthly spotlight lifts up two leaders who exceed expectations.


  • Work hard each day
  • Be on time
  • Work well with others
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Have fun!


The athlete spotlight of the month will be featured on this page. Additionally they will receive a token of appreciation for their hard work. 

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Tier 1 Summary:

Conner is a long-time T1 athlete who has been working hard, doesn’t miss sessions, and focuses tremendous energy to his baseball craft. These facets carry weight when breaking down and analyzing the top athlete for a particular season, but they’re not the only contributors. T1 has a very impressive cast of athletes that have more focus, drive, commitment, energy, intent, and hunger than most collegiate athletes. Our athletes straight work! The differentiator for Conner is his highly positive attitude. He is always enthusiastic to train, gets along great with others, and you can see Conner’s group feed off his positive nature. Adding to that, I want to tell a quick story about Conner that really showcases the type of rare positivity and optimism he brings to the table.

Conner did not play Varsity baseball in high school. Conner had some personal reasons why he chose not to play school baseball and didn’t tryout or play his junior and senior year. Instead, he continued to play for Blizzard where he knew he would get very good exposure and put himself in a position for colleges to see him play. Conner was proactive in the college recruiting process and committed to Gustavus Adolphus College in late fall of his senior year. 

I think it's highly impressive that Conner was not discouraged by his situation. He wouldn’t allow his high school experience to change the passion he has for the game. Instead of putting negative energy towards dwelling and complaining about school baseball, he imposed positive energy in finding his solution. He is now at a great school that will provide him with special baseball and academic experiences. Positivity always wins. Conner Cress will continue to win.


School: Eagan High School

College: Gustavus Adolphus College

Year: Freshman (GAC Grad '21)

Position(s): RHP, SS

Club Program: Blizzard

Time in T1: 2.5 Years

Favorite School Subject: Physiology

Favorite Genre of Music: Country

Favorite Food: Steak

Hobbies: Fishing, biking, playing with his dog, playing cards with the family

Bucket List Item: Visit Italy

Interesting Fact: His Great-Uncle (Dad's Uncle), Walker Cress, was a professional pitcher
Favorite MLB Player: Brad Radke
Favorite Lift: BB Reverse Lunge
Least Favorite Lift: DB Goblet Lateral Lunge
Favorite T1 Athlete To Train With: Joe Vondrachek
Why?: “He always pushes and challenges me to compete"
Value Max Has Learned At T1: "Integrity, perseverance, accountability, and how to be a good role model" 

Favorite Quote: "Always have a good attitude, effort and focus. Play with pride, be a good teammate, and respect the game. These are the little things that matter"     - Coach Dan Cress (Dad)

One Piece of Advice You Would Tell a Younger Baseball Player to excel in Baseball and in the Weight Room: "Always get after it. It's easy to fall into a routine of going through the motions so have a buddy that is going to keep you accountable and grind it out with you each day. It's up to you to make the most of each rep and elevate yourself above the rest and get into the best position for success" 
Short-Term Training Goal: “Gain 10lbs over the next 3 months"



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