by Eric Oslund
On April 20, the Spectrum girls golf team placed second out of five teams in a match hosted by Heritage at Fox Hollow golf course in Rogers. The Sting were led by Sidney Brenteson, who scored a 55; followed by Sidney Plonske (58), Klara Kondrak (66), Lauren Peckham (76) and Allyson Weldon (77). The team scores were Heritage 184, Spectrum 255, New Life Academy 257, Southwest Christian and Legacy DNP.
The Spectrum Sting participated in the Nicollet Invitational on Saturday, April 22, and finished with a 2-1 record for the tournament.
They started the day against Madelia/Truman, winning 10-6. They held a 6-0 lead heading into the fifth inning, but gave up six unearned runs after committing three errors in the field. But they would respond in the sixth inning, scoring four unanswered runs to close out the game.
Anna Brown led the team from the plate in the opening game, going 3-for-4 with a double in the top of the sixth.
The Sting followed that performance up with a 4-2 win over Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in their second game of the tournament. Elizabeth Hackbarth went 3-for-3, which included a solo home run.
In their final game, the Sting played host school Nicollet. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, would end up losing 5-2 in a final international tie breaker inning. Only Ellie Rogers and Hackbarth recorded hits in the game. Hackbarth went 3-for-3 with two stolen bases, and Rogers was 1-for-1 with two walks and two steals.
Overall, Hackbarth went 7-for-8 from the plate, scoring five runs, and Rogers pitched all three games – striking out 17 batters and only walking one.
Track and Field:
The Spectrum track and field team participated in the Annandale Invitational meet on Thursday, April 20, with both the boys and girls coming away with sixth place finished out of eight teams.
Lorna Bechtel came away with a first-pace finish in the high jump, second-place finished in the 11-meter hurdles, and a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Katelyn Gramstad also had a top-3 finished for the girls, taking third in the 3,200-meter run. The 4×400-meter relay would also finish third, cosisting of Adrienne Foell, Betsy Chaffin, Martha Bergley, and Bechtel.
For the boys, Tyler Schwinghammer took first in the 110-meter hurdles, and second in the 300-meter hurdles. Zack Anderson joined him as a top finisher, taking third in the 800-meter run.
“This was our first competition against a few section teams and we learned a lot,” said coach Rick Peterson. “There were some great individual efforts, however, our relays still need some work. I think the sluggishness of coming off Spring break and a challenging week at school had an effect on the team. Getting back to a routine training pattern should further help future meets. Lorna (Bechtel), Tyler (Schwinghammer), and Zack (Anderson) form a very strong, competitive nucleus for the team. Katelyn (Gramstad), Maria Novotny, Anna McGlone, Ella Burfeind, Caitlin Hackbarth, and Haley Johnson ran very strong races for the girls ,and Anthony Medina, Andrew Hattling, and Joel Zimmerman each had huge PR’s (personal records) for the boys.”