The 2013 high school baseball season just seemed to begin because of the late spring, but it is, unfortunately, in the records books. However, no season is complete without thanking the many people who make it a success.
I would like to extend recognition to some people who have been an integral part of the season. First of all, the players deserve a thank you for all of their hard work and attitude in practice and in the games, they have represented our communities and school with class. It was a challenging spring, but our kids handled all the weather curve balls quite well.
Next, my assistant coaches deserve a great deal of thanks. In particular, my varsity staff of Wade Reichmann, Ryan Hajek, volunteer Geoff Ahmann, and Phil Niemela who put in many hours above and beyond the call of duty with field work, practice, and game preparation. Additionally, I would like to thank the Diamond Club for all of their help and support all year long, particularly with the fundraising efforts that are necessary to support our program, without them our program goes without a lot of extra things (such as the opportunity to play in the Metrodome and play at brand new Seibert Field at the U of MN).
I would like to extend a special thank you to our Diamond Club treasurer Lori Nelson and her family for all they do in the efforts of supporting our program with the Diamond Club, it is very much appreciated. Finally, I would like to thank our school administration and administrative staff for their support of the program during the season. What a busy spring it was in the re-scheduling department and our Athletic Department handled all changes with precision. Thanks and props to Mark Solberg and Robin Schulz.
It is also essential to thank the community for their support, whether through our fundraising efforts or coming to the games. The two communities and local businesses of Cambridge and Isanti are always very supportive of our athletics and activities. In today’s day and age the local businesses get leaned on to support many local youth activities, and we appreciate those that are always so willing to support Bluejacket Baseball. Also, thank you to the local media for their coverage of the athletes all season long.
The most important thank you goes out to my wife Aaron and my daughters Addie and Finnleigh who make numerous sacrifices during the baseball season; I appreciate their love and support. I could not do it without them.
It is great to be a part of such supporting communities. I consider it an honor to be the baseball coach and I will always be proud of my roots as a Bluejacket. We will continue to work hard to uphold the standards of our community and school through what we do in the baseball program.
Todd S. Smrekar
Cambridge-Isanti High School
Head Baseball Coach