GLYNDON— DGF Rebels softball knows how to win. A big reason behind the team’s success this season is because of the leadership from Taylor Aakre and Sydney Spessard.

“We weren’t always as close, but I think softball definitely brought us closer,” said Aakre.

“It seems like we always have a target on our back,” said Spessard.

“Our senior class, especially those two, they’ve been the leaders. We expect a lot out of our seniors but they have really taken the senior captain role and just really took charge and kind of set the pace for everyone,” said Rebels assistant coach Tyler Drechsel.

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Aakre and Spessard have known one another since third grade, but it was softball that brought them closer. They’ve already been a part of two state tournament teams, but their story won’t be ending in a Rebels uniform. They’re both heading to Grand Forks to attend the University of North Dakota for college.

“Taylor was like I’m not really sure what to do and then I kind of brought up that I was thinking about UND and she was like ‘I am too’. So I was like ‘oh yeah, now I’m really thinking about UND’,” said Spessard.

“It’s really nice to have one of my best friends with me for the next four years,” said Aakre.

They won’t be far from each other once getting to campus either, Taylor and Sydney will also be roommates.

“I’m super excited. I think she is one of the only people I know going to UND. And once we get to softball season we automatically get closer and we kind of just decided to be roommates that way,” said Aakre.

“Taylor is probably the one person I could stand to live with. She’s probably the one person I really get along with,” said Spessard.

It started with finding their passion together on the diamond, now these teammates have an everlasting friendship.

“We have been close friends for a long time and softball has only made us closer,” said Spessard.