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Seniors abound on baseball squad

If you’re looking for senior leadership on this spring’s Glencoe-Silver Lake baseball
team, you sure won’t have to look far.
There are 13 seniors on this season’s 21-player varsity roster – an abundance of
experience as the team looks to put together a successful 2019.
Three of those seniors have been named captains: Andrew Wraspir, Dane Schwirtz
and Gabe Roepke.
The senior class looks to lead GSL one step further than last season and return the
Panthers back to the state tournament for the first time since 2016.
Last season, GSL made it to the Section 5AA title round, but lost out to eventual Class
AA state champion Maple Lake.
“We’d like to be in the running for a section championship,” coach Dean Schwirtz
Schwirtz also noted that practices went well in the preseason as the team prepared
for the spring campaign.
“Our major focuses are on fundamentals and doing the little things right,” he said.
The weather cooperated for the most part in late March and early April, allowing the
team to actually start the season on time as opposed to what Schwirtz dubbed last
season’s “Winter Wonderland” that saw the season delayed by several weeks.
In addition to Wraspir, Dane Schwirtz and Roepke and fellow seniors Zack Nelson,
Spencer Lilienthal, Jared Lokensgard, Ty Christensen, Nate Litzau, Austin Barrett,
Chandler Glaeser, Brett Baumgarten, Josh Kuehn and Korey Johnson, junior Bennett
Lepel returns to the squad as a key contributor from last season.
Coach Schwirtz said that the amount of talent on this year’s squad has led to “great
competition at all positions” as the team looks to steer its way to being in the
running for a section championship at season’s end.
In addition to any laurels the team may earn this spring, Schwirtz also has a
personal goal for his players this season:
“I’d like to say that our kids did things the right way and while doing this, they
became better people.”
GSL will play the majority of its home schedule in the month of April, while spending
most of the month of May on the road.