The 2022 spring athletics season is underway! Here's a preview of our spring teams and the outlook for our Spartans.
Head Coach Rob Thompson is excited about the 2022 SPA baseball team as they return All-Conference and All-Section selections Boden Strafelda ‘22 and Judah Thomas ‘22 in addition to players who gained valuable experience last year. After coming up just short of a state tournament berth a year ago, Thompson believes the team has the necessary pieces to make another strong section run this year.
Expectations are high for Spartan boys' golf this season as the team returns a strong group of players from last year's third-place IMAC finish. Led by All-Conference performer Connor Overgaard ‘24, SPA also returns Team Captain and All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree George Peltier ‘23, as well as Ethan ‘25 and Henri ‘25 Peltier, both of whom also earned Honorable Mention. With seventeen players in the program this year, Head Coach Chris Pope is excited about his returning core of players and is looking forward to developing new talent while staying competitive in the IMAC conference.
New Head Coach Angie Kritta reports that despite springtime weather challenges, SPA girls golf has had no trouble finding ways to improve and prepare for their season. The team has been working out indoors and has kept busy perfecting their swinging and putting while also working on their strength and mobility. With new upcoming talent in addition to four returning golfers from a season ago, including captains Sonia Ross ‘22 and Nikola Barkwell ‘23, the 2022 season shows a lot of promise.
Boys’ Lacrosse (Co-op)
Comprised of players from seven different area schools, the TriMAC Blackhawks Boys’ Lacrosse team is gearing up for another competitive season after its most successful season in program history a year ago. Head Coach Ben MacLean says this year’s team is strong and eager to build off last year’s success; Coach MacLean will rely heavily on Team Captain and All-Conference performer Joey Stolpestad ‘23 for leadership.
Spring 2022 marks the inaugural year of Spartan girls' lacrosse, after many years as a cooperative program with Visitation. The team returns experienced captain and All-Conference honoree, Mia Hofmann ‘22 and All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree and captain Julia Colbert ‘23, as well as many other talented players to lead this year’s squad. Head coach Taylor Tvedt is excited for the opportunity to develop returning and new talent and creating a winning culture in the new era of SPA girls’ lacrosse.
Excitement is in the air this spring for SPA softball, which formed a cooperative program with Twin Cities Academy, Great River School, and Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists this season: the team fielded the largest number of players in recent years. With twenty-one strong players and many returning athletes from the 2021 season, including team leaders Sarah Oppenheim ‘22 and Greta Magnuson ‘23, Head Coach Lauren Janssen will look to build a competitive team within the IMAC conference and is excited for competition to begin to showcase the team’s new collaboration.
SPA Tennis enters the 2022 Season as the five-time defending Section 4A Team Champion with high hopes for another run at section and state titles. With a host of players returning from last year's state team, including team captains Leo Benson ‘24, Harry Mahmic ‘22, and Maik Nguyen ‘24, the team is experienced and poised for another exceptional season.