Basketball: Action has tipped off in new Spectrum gym

Jacob Shockley of Spectrum raced toward the basket, pursued by Prairie Seeds' Adrian Bush (33), who wound up fouling Shockley shooting a layup. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

There’s a new gymnasium in town, at Spectrum High School, that has now seen its first varsity basketball action.

The Spectrum Sting had a grand-opening doubleheader on Friday with the girls losing to Cambridge Christian 49-30 and the boys beating Math & Science Academy 67-18.

“This place was full. Everybody showed up,” said Rick Peterson, activities director. “It’s very good for school spirit, to have our own gym.”

The second night of action was Monday with the Sting boys losing to Prairie Seeds Academy 99-61.

“We’ve had the two extremes,” Peterson chuckled. “Math & Science wasn’t very good, and Prairie Seeds could win the state (Class 1A) championship.”

Jaden Schockley tries to score in the lane but encountered stern resistance from Prairie Seeds. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Spectrum, a charter school, opened in 2006 and operated in temporary facilities for five years. The new school,¬† small and cozy, with two floors of classrooms, and a spacious gym, opened in September, near Home Depot along Highway 169. The gym was ready three weeks ago. They’re still working on additional classrooms.

The big news athletically is that Spectrum is now on its own in boys and girls basketball and wrestling, and that volleyball had its last year of being a “co-op” this fall (with PACT). Soon Spectrum will be solo across the board, said Peterson.

The school has reached its max of 300 students in grades 9-12 (with a sizable waiting list) and does not plan to get any bigger, said Peterson.

In addition to its own gym, Spectrum now has its own stage, and its own band. The first concert will be held in January. The first play there, a Charlie Brown musical, is slated for March. Spectrum has had plays previously in other facilities.

In that first-ever game Friday, Shelby Eden scored 14 points and Rebecca Schultz eight. The boys cleared the bench in the rout of Math & Science with Jacob Schockley leading with 12 points.

The the boys’ loss to Prairie Seeds, Shockley had 11 points, and Johnny Erickson 10 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

The Spectrum girls (0-5) lost to Minneapolis Henry 47-46 on Monday evening in Minneapolis. Eden notched 17 points and Rebeka Maki 12 for Spectrum.

The Spectrum boys (2-2) will  play at Kimball on Thursday evening. The girls will play at Prairie Seeds Academy.