Esko's Trevor Spindler Battled Injury & Coronavirus Senior Year

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: April 05, 2020 10:59 PM

Trevor Spindler knew his season was over before Esko's run for the state basketball tournament was cut short. Suffering an early injury it looked unlikely he could return to the court. Three months later the coronavirus caused the cancelation of their section title game.


"Since I thought I was the only one that was going to miss my senior season, it felt good that some other people were in the same boat as me. I wasn't going through this alone and [know] they'll always be there with me," said Esko senior Trevor Spindler.

Spindler grew up playing football and basketball in Esko watching his teammates turn into friends. This year the tight end and guard felt their bond strengthen as the seniors battled adversity in both their fall and winter seasons.

"It was definitely a senior year that most people don't have," Spindler commented.

In October the Esko community suffered the loss of sophomore Jackson Pfister. He died from heart failure during the football team's final regular season road game. With his memory in their hearts, the Eskomos clinched their first Section 7AAA title since 2012.

"I've never seen a community come together [with] sports and even just [in the] town of Esko," Spindler said. "Just being able to go to state for the first time for football was just really cool and, you know, those are my favorite memories."

A month after their state quarterfinal appearance, finishing 8-3 overall, Spindler transitioned from the gridiron to the hardwood. Starting as one of the team's top scorers he tallied 64 points in the first three games. Before their fourth contest, a car he was riding in was T-boned.

The crash broke his pelvis and ended his season, but he kept his sense of humor. "My secret talent right now is crutching around really good. I'm really good at stairs."

Due to his injury Spindler has spent a lot of time indoors stating, "I've been quarantine before the quarantine that happened."

Since the injury collegiate athletics is an uncertainty, but he's shooting for a degree in business.

At the moment he just wants get out of his house and go fishing, "anytime I get a fish in a the boat it's a good time."


Alicia Tipcke

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