by Eric Oslund
Last year: 5-5
Coaches: Seth Mills (head), Kassidy Cook, Jon Benge, Scott Gangl, Rick Marberg, J.T. Cross
Returning starters: Fisher Marberg, Sam Cooper, Carsten Cross, Alex Glenn, Blake Smith, Parker Stockwell, Clayton Posch, Max Gleason, Sam Koppendrayer, Dillon Swenson
Also in the mix: San Lawrence, Cole Elrod, Earl Foster
Coach says: “With a lot of returners, we will have the most experienced team that we’ve had at Spectrum. With high expectations comes high responsibility, and we will need to grow together as one to be able to live up to the expectations. Moving up to 3A this season will present new challenges and bigger schools, so it will be crucial for us to develop off the field to be able to perform well on the field.”
Outlook: With the amount of experience they have returning, many people are expecting Spectrum to finish above .500, which is what they have done the last two seasons. But moving up a class will make it difficult to do so as the level of competition will increase.
Last year: 4-8
Coaches: Dana Gibson (head), Nicki Leuhrs
Captains: Elizabeth Hackbarth, Jena Jakubiec, Noura Kassem
Returning starters: Hackbarth, Jakubiec, Noura Kassem, Anna Brown, Carly Benge, Callie Bernardson, Lynnda Haben, Anna McGlone, Cassie Peters, Ally Weldon, Miranda Wenndt
Also in the mix: Brianna Bergren, Mallory Henry, Victoria McCoy, Addison Westermeyer, Shelby Bray
Coach says: “A talented mix of veterans and new players make this a very well balanced, and competitive group. I believe that with the leadership from all of the captains, the continued development of our returning players, the addition of some very talented younger players, and the hard work, and dedication that all of the girls have put in this early preseason, that this will be the formula that will help our team find some very good success this season.”
Outlook: The Sting are hoping to have a few more wins on the field than last season, but the ultimate goal is to build a “unified team” behind first-year head coach Gibson.
Last year: 3-9-1
Coaches: Richard Sonterre (head), Courtney Wirz
Captains: Carter Allard, Karsten Williams, Branden Bergren
Returning starters: Josh Behrens, Bryce Bozich, Zach Foell, Will Koch, Nick Norman, Anthony Medina, Huy Nguyen, Adrian Peterson, Caleb Rogers, Dylan Smith, Alec Staricka
Also in the mix: Glen Lee, Kyle Haben, Ethan Medina
Coach says: “Each player has the potential for significant growth in both skill and cognitive development. I look forward to challenging them to attack both over the course of the season.”
Outlook: The Sting are still very young, with no seniors in the program. It has been sometime since the program has seen the same coach in back-to-back years, so Sonterre is excited to see the players build upon what was begun last season.
Last year: The girls team placed sixth out of 22 teams at the Section 5A meet, while they boys took seventh. Both teams placed third at the MCAA Conference meet. Zack Anderson led all Sting runners with his fifth-place finish out of 143 runners earning him the opportunity to represent Spectrum at the state cross-country meet.
Coaches: Rick Peterson (head), Amy Cornelius, Kal Diekman
Captains: Maria Novotny, Martha Bergley, Nevin Sagstetter
Returning contributers: Novotny, Bergley, McKenzie Alders, Ella Burfeind, Makala Hermer, Phoebe Holmes, Sagstetter, Anderson, Ben Harvey, Desmond Orton, Cole Schwinghammer, Andrew Hattling, Zach Reese
Coach says: “This is the eighth year for cross country at Spectrum and the team has shown steady forward progress the last few seasons. The girls team is young and talented, while the boys are anchored by three seniors and return the most experience to date.”
Outlook: The Sting are hopeful that the boys and girls will each improve upon last years conference and section finishes.
Last year: 17-7
Coaches: Tex Cuabo (head), Rob Rogers, Jennifer Femrite
Captains: Lauren Gillquist, Ellie Rogers
Returning starters: Gillquist, Rogers, Lexi Reese, Emily Brueckner, Olivia Foell
Also in the mix: Abbie Betzler, Betsy Chaffin, Josie Sumner, Nicole Sagstetter, Alicia Moening
Coach says: “We lost some key players due to graduation, but we still have a good core group of players that have played together for a while and some young talented players coming up. Finding team chemistry early will be the key, but we have strong team leaders that are committed and hard-working.”
Outlook: The Sting have a strong core of players and will be looking to have them lead them to a better finish in both conference and sections.