Britta Spelde contributed to winning seasons in all three of her sports — volleyball, basketball and soccer — at Coal City High School during her junior year in 2012-13.
In volleyball, Spelde totaled 104 kills and was an honorable mention All-Area selection by the Morris Daily Herald for the 17-13-2 Lady Coalers. She was also honorable mention All-Area in girls basketball, where she averaged 6.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for a 23-7 Coal City team. Soccer was the only sport where Spelde did not earn an All-Area spot, but she and the Lady Coalers won the 1A Herscher Regional.
Athletic preparation for the 2013-14 school year is already underway for Spelde, who joined the Coal City basketball team in playing at the annual Morris Ladies Shootout this week. After it ended, she answered a series of questions from the MDH.
Q. How did the Morris Shootout go?
A. The first day, we went 1-2, and the second day, we went 3-0. I think it was good that we got involved in this tournament to go against new competition and more importantly improve ourselves.
Q. What has the basketball team been working on this summer?
A. We always make it a big point to focus on our defense. Our defense is what wins our games, so we definitely work on that, and we do a lot of dribbling drills as well.
Q. Did you get any break from sports after soccer season ended?
A. I got about a week and a half off until lifting and basketball camp started. It’s nice to have a couple days off but I get bored so I look forward to camp and tournaments.
Q. Your scoring was down in basketball last season. Did that matter to you?
A. Yeah, it bothered me a lot because I felt like my coaches’ expectations of me were lowered, and I knew I could have been more of an offensive threat for my team.
Q. Do you see your role in basketball being any different next season?
A. I hope so. I want to be more of a leader for the team so my coach and teammates can depend on me.
Q. Your coach (Michael Lanoue) called you the most versatile player on the volleyball team last season. Do you feel comfortable at every position?
A. I definitely feel most comfortable on the right side, but once I start playing in the other positions, I just try to do my best even if I don’t like it.
Q. Some key players graduated from last year’s soccer team. How does that change the way you approach going into next year?
A. It doesn’t change it much. I still think we can do just as well as last year. We have a lot of great players that can fill the graduates’ position.
Q. You were a part of three successful teams last school year. Which memory stands out the most?
A. Definitely winning regionals for soccer. It was the first time in Coal City history for boys and girls soccer that we brought home a regional championship. The energy our team had after the game was unforgettable.
Q. Is there any unfinished business in any of your sports you’re hoping to address during your senior year?
A. I’m really looking forward to basketball and our games against Plano and Lisle. Last year, we had close games against them, and this year I am hoping we can work to win the (Interstate Eight) conference tournament.
Q. Do you think it’s realistic to have the kind of success your teams had in your sports again next school year? Are you hoping for even more?
A. I think the junior and senior class next year has a lot of talent so I truly believe we will have a lot of success and maybe even more success than last year. We will just have to work hard to prove that to everyone else.