Ella Burquest throwing a ball during softball practice.
Ella Burquest throwing a ball during softball practice.
Ruby Curtis

Undefeated! The teamwork behind the successful softball season

Spectrum softball is undefeated as the end of the school year rolls around.

The Spectrum girls’ varsity softball team has gone undefeated, as of May 9th, in their 2024 season.

“It’s really exciting,” Captain Lilian Carlson said. “I’m really looking forward to playing some other good teams.”

The softball players have gained close bonds throughout the season, going from just a team to a family. Whether it be team sleepovers, going out for food after practices, daily games or practices; the girls spend lots of time together, allowing them the time to bond and trust each other.

The girls’ varsity and junior varsity softball teams in the field outside Spectrum Middle School practicing catching and throwing. (Ruby Curtis)

“It’s the little things,” Lyla Glinsek, team manager, said. “Rides to and from practice, the little chats that we have [during practice], the dugout conversations during games [all allow us to bond].” 

Maggie Carlson throwing a ball towards Coach Rick Marberg during softball practice. (Ruby Curtis)

“We’ve had a lot of team bonding events, like going to pizza ranch and having sleepovers,” said Captain Cassidy Colbert. “Hanging out everyday [at practice] just brings us closer together.”

“I think this year we’re a lot closer,” Carlson said. “Last year, it [the team] was still good, but we weren’t as close.”

Reagan Wallschlaeger mentions the bus rides to and from the games, and how those have contributed to the team’s bonding.

Rick Marberg, who has been coaching for Spectrum Softball for the past three years and been in the program for seven, also has close bonds with his players.

I try to gain close bonds with the team by being fairly personable with them,” Marberg said. “Talking to them quite a bit and letting them know where they’re at with the team and letting them know they can always talk to me.”

The girls braiding each other’s hair during the bus ride to a softball game. (Lyla Glinsek)
The girls’ varsity softball team during a game. (Lyla Glinsek)

The team has improved their hitting a great amount from the start of the season, according to Marberg, Carlson, and Colbert, with the improvement noticeable from both on the field and off.

“I am able to watch them grow,” Glinsek said. “I think it’s really cool as somebody who’s constantly on the sideline to be able to see them grow and to see them improve.”


The goals, hard work, and determination have led to a successful season from the Spectrum girls’ softball team.

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