While all of the sports available during the spring at Gull Lake are enjoyable, it is inevitable that some will be better than others. For this ranking, each spring sport will be ranked on the enjoyment and involvement a spectator would have in viewing the athletic event. With that said, here is my ranking for spring athletics at Gull Lake High School.
Girls Soccer: their games at home are the spring equivalent to football games during the fall, with just as much energy and excitement. The fast pace nature of the sport, given the slower rate of other spring sports, is another factor that makes girls soccer the best spring sport at Gull Lake to watch. Perhaps the best factor, however, would be just how dominant a program the soccer team has been over a long period of time; nothing makes watching more enjoyable than winning.
Track and Field: probably the most unique sport on this list, track and field is such an enjoyable spectator sport due to the wide range of events it has to offer. Whether it’s watching discus, hurdles, high jump, pole vault or the mile, there is a plethora of athletic competitions to take in, all in the span of three to four hours. Track and field also boasts individual and team competitions, with there being individual athletes competing and relay teams competing against one another.
Softball/Baseball: coming in at the middle of this list, both softball and baseball consist of intense moments and anticipation. While the thrill of watching a great hit on the ball, an athlete stealing a base, or player making a great catch is worthwhile, the spaces in between of strikes, balls and fouls can leave a spectator antsy. While both sports are still fantastic to watch, the spring athletics mentioned above just have more to offer at a faster pace.
Tennis: although the next two sports on this list are ranked second to last and last respectively, that by no means makes them not-fun to watch or bad sports to participate in. The placement of these sports on this list only indicates, from my perspective, that the other athletic events mentioned above offer more to a general spectator who is watching. Tennis, like track and field, offers a mix of individual and team competition through single and dual matches. The sport is highly entertaining while a match is occurring and competitive, but breaks between sets or a lack of rally between two athletes can interrupt the flow of a game.
Golf: while it is the most peaceful sport ranked on this list, and should receive a few brownie points for it, a general spectator that is looking to enjoy themselves at an athletic event most likely wouldn’t choose golf. Having the slowest pace out of any other sport on this list, and the least amount of action, tends to lend itself into a very peaceful experience with golf; where patience and relaxation reign supreme. It would probably be ranked as the number one sport if a spectator was looking for a calm experience to unwind.