Spartan Cross Country competed in the IMAC Conference Championships on Tuesday, October 6. Both the SPA boys' and girls' teams were competitive, but it was the girls' team that impressed the most with a second-place finish. The team just barely missed out on the championship, scoring just two points less than the first-place finishers. Individually, eighth-grader Inga Wing finished in first place and was named the 2020 IMAC Conference Girls Cross Country Champion! For the boys' team, senior Michael Moran raced well and finished in the top ten.
On Tuesday, October 13, the Spartans traveled to Highland Golf Course to compete in the Section 4A Championship Meet. It was a beautiful but windy day to race. Overall, the girls finished third as a team, with Taylor Barkwell (8th grade) and Carys Hardy (9th grade) finishing in the Top-10 (2nd and 7th, respectively). The boys' team raced with incredible heart and really showed their toughness. Senior captain Michael Moran finished 8th overall for a great end to his high school career.
Spartan boys' soccer was seeded #9 in the Section 3A Tournament and played their first game on Tuesday, October 13 against #8 Hiawatha Collegiate Academy. SPA got on the board first in the 25th minute with a corner-kick goal from senior Will Schavee (assisted by Leo Larson '22). The team maintained their lead until the 55th minute when Hiawatha drew a penalty kick and evened the score, 1-1. As the seconds ticked away in the final minute of play, the game looked to be going into overtime. Fortunately for the Spartans, however, sophomore Cooper Bollinger Danielson found the back of the net on a header in the final 30 seconds (assisted by Milo Waltenbaugh '21) to clinch the game and send SPA to Section Quarterfinals.
On Thursday, October 15, SPA traveled across the river to play #1 Holy Angels in the Quarterfinals. The Spartans knew the Angels would be a tough opponent and played a close game, limiting them to one goal. Unfortunately, however, the Spartans couldn't capitalize on the offensive side of the field and their season came to an end, 0-1.
Spartan girls' soccer was seeded #11 in the Section 3A Tournament and faced off against #6 South St. Paul in the first round of play on Tuesday, October 13. Despite a hard-fought and close game, SPA fell to the Packers 2-1 (goal by Julia Baron '21) and their season came to an end.
Girls' swimming and diving
On October 24, Sparks swimming and diving, a co-op between SPA and Highland Park, competed in the Section 6AA Championship Meet. Overall, the team finished in sixth place and recorded 11 top-ten finishes, and numerous PRs. The highlight of the meet was SPA's Katherine Welsh '22 winning the one-meter diving competition to be named this year's Section Diving Champion! See top-ten results below:
- 200 Medley | Kaisa Youngberg (HP), Ursula Bader (HP), Carol Gross (HP), Mia David (HP); 6th place
- 200 Freestyle | Kaisa Youngberg (HP), 10th place
- 50 Freestyle | Mia David (HP), 5th place
- 1-Meter Diving | Katherine Welsh '22, 1st place
- 1-Meter Diving | Jordan Kuta (HP), 5th place
- 100 Freestyle | Irene Cohen (HP), 8th place
- 500 Freestyle | Kaisa Youngberg (HP), 6th place
- 200 Freestyle Relay | Irene Cohen (HP), Abby Hanson (HP), Lela Tilney-Kaemmer '23, Linnea Cooley '23; 6th place
- 100 Butterfly | Mia David (HP), 4th place
- 400 Freestyle Relay | Mia David (HP), Linnea Cooley '23, Kaisa Youngberg (HP), Irene Cohen (HP); third place
On Tuesday, October 6, girls' tennis began play in the Section 4A team tournament and beat Providence Academy, 7-0, to advance to the Semifinals. The Spartans had a great team showing and were especially excited to see dominating play from their top three singles players: Elizabeth Trevathan '22 won 6-1, 6-2 at #1 singles, Maggie Fields '22 won 6-0, 6-1 at #2 singles, and Maya Choi '21 won 6-0, 6-2 at #3 singles.
SPA matched up against Breck in the Section Semifinals and, unfortunately, the team lost (0-7), which brought their season to an end. Despite the final score, Semifinal highlights included Elizabeth Trevathan '22 (4-6, 4-6) at #1 singles, Maya Choi '21 (4-6, 4-6) at #3 singles, and Kate Hick '21 and Leni Nowakowski '23 (3-6, 2-6) at #1 doubles.
Due to the pandemic, girls' tennis did not host individual sections or state in Fall 2020.