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Sports Spotlight: Haleigh Springan

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She was a big part of a state champion hockey team and now Haleigh Springan is trying to do the same on the soccer field.

She is a forward on the ice rink but on the soccer field, Haleigh Springan is all about defense. "In hockey when you don't have the puck then you're on defense. So for me, I guess I do enjoy defense for soccer, you're the one defending your goal and helping out your goal and it's fun. I think it's fun."

Springan's first love is hockey. As a part of the Bismarck Blizzard, Springan was named second team all-state and scored the game winning goal in double overtime of the State hockey tournament semi-finals, keeping the Blizzard's season going.

"Scoring the overtime goal it took everything in me. For a second I couldn't breathe, but then it hit me that we were going to the state championship game and it was an unbelievable feeling."

In the championship, the Blizzard faced a West Fargo team which had not lost a game to any North Dakota opponent all season, until Springan and the Blizzard pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year.

"It's always nice to be the underdog. We hadn't even put up a goal against West Fargo the whole season and to come into the state championship game and to beat them like that, you could call it a miracle."

On the pitch, coaches say Springan is the foothold of a Demons defense which has shutout five opponents this season.

"Both sports, you always got to think on your feet, you have to be aware of the play a few steps down the road," Springan said..

"Her ability to be able to clear the ball on one touch. She kind of anchors us back there, she definitely anchors the backline and keeps it organized and she had a quiet confidence about her and a calmness and I think transforms the whole team that when the team gets a little rattled she has a calming affect," said Bismarck head girls soccer coach Carly Feiler.

Teammates say Sprignan's look during game time doesn't always show her personality.
 
"She has a sense of humor. She's the only girl I know that can work as hard as she can and the next minute be smiling and giggle it off," said senior Ali Norman.

"I don't always like to be serious. In crunch time situations it's always fun to have some comic relief. So if I can bring that, it's good for me," Springan said.

Springan will be heading to Concordia University in the fall and she plans to play hockey in college.

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