While there will always be a connection between brothers for Chance Spangler, the bond he shares with his brothers Cale Spangler and Clint Spangler and his teammates on the Sacred Heart soccer and baseball teams have helped to motivate him into the scholar athlete he has become.
A senior at Sacred Heart, this fall, Spangler was selected to the All-State First-Team soccer and All-State Academic teams.
Although Spangler is not the only area athlete to be named to either team, he perhaps is one of a handful who can say both his older brothers were members of the teams.
Cale Spangler was named an All-State First-Team selection in football while Clint Spangler was named as an Academic All-State selection as a member of the Sacred Heart basketball team that went 31-0 and won the state title in 2013.
“I always looked up to my older brothers and wanted to have been motivated by them as I was younger,” Spangler said. “I owe a great deal of my success to my family, my brothers and especially my parents.
“They, along with my teammates and my coaches, have always been an inspiration to me and I am so grateful to them for the help they have always provided,” Spangler added. “They have provided me with memories to last a lifetime and have helped to shape me into the person that I am.”
Spangler is a very modest and humble young man who does not need to be boastful because his accomplishments both on and off the playing field speak for themselves.
This year alone he was named to the First-Team All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and All-State teams and was chosen as the Regional Defender of the Year in soccer, in addition to his selection on the Academic All-State Team.
Last spring he was selected to the First-team All-Conference and All-District baseball team.
Spangler pitches and plays short stop for the Gremlins.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize how much work goes into being a successful athletic team,” Spangler said. “I think a lot of people thought it was just luck that we went to state back to back in soccer but that took a lot of work to accomplish.
“I know I have worked really hard at becoming a better athlete over the years,” Spangler said. “Some of it comes naturally but I spend a lot of time conditioning and at practice too; you have to have the discipline to put the work into whatever you are doing.”
Spangler said one thing he considers is the mental aspect of the game.
“Sometimes things don’t go right or the way you want them to on the field,” Spangler said. “I always try to concentrate on the idea that there is always going to be another play or something else that you can do to change the situation.
“I have always believed that a bad attitude only makes the situation worse,” Spangler added. “It doesn’t help anything and nothing ever becomes better by thinking negative.”
Although Spangler said he has considered playing college ball, he has decided against it.
“I know I’m never going to play as a professional athlete; you have to be very gifted to do that,” Spangler commented. “What my future centers around is my career and I need to focus and concentrate on that in college.”
Spangler has been focused on his studies throughout school.
The All-State Academic Athlete awards are given to those athletes who excel in their classroom studies during their senior year.
He hopes to be named to the honor in baseball as well.
Spangler has been accepted to the University of Missouri-Columbia where he plans to study business, marketing and finance.
“I only applied to MU,” Spangler said. “I think it was a given that I go to school there but that it where I want to attend.”
The choice of MU was a natural selection for Spangler as both his older brothers have attended school there as well as his father, Sedalia attorney Christopher Spangler. His mother Darla Spangler graduated from Columbia College.
“Cale graduated from MU in three and a half years and Clint is a sophomore studying accounting,” Spangler said. “I’ve spent some time with both my brothers and their friends at MU and they have encouraged me to go there too.”
When Chance begins his studies at MU he will transfer 22 hours of college credit thanks to the ITV and dual-credit classes he has taken at Sacred Heart.
“I think math comes naturally to me,” Spangler said. “I really enjoy that area and I think I am pretty good with numbers.
“I don’t think I work quite as hard with math, as I do with my other studies, especially English and comp,” Spangler said. “Math is something that I can see and I pick up on it rather quickly, but still I probably spend three or four hours a day on my homework.
“It depends on how much time I have to work on my assignments during the school day and a lot of it is determined on what my assignments are,” he added. “If I have an English assignment you can definitely add some more time to that.”
Ideally, Spangler said he would like to do something in the business field upon his college graduation.
“I would really like to do something related to athletics, sports marketing has always been of interest,” Spangler said. “I just know that I am so thankful for all of the help and support of my family and friends and all that they have given me that have been my biggest champions in all I have become.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484