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Lindbergh High School's Spitzfaden truly fits 'jack-of-all trades' definition


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Stephen Glover photo Besides excelling in several football positions, Andrew Spitzfaden is an accomplished baseball player.

Without a doubt, Andrew Spitzfaden of the Lindbergh High School football Flyers fits the definition of the term "jack-of-all-trades.''

Some might consider that description to be a bit of an overstatement until the following facts are considered: Spitzfaden, a Lindbergh senior, plays more than just one position on the varsity football team.

He was a Second-Team All-State selection at the place-kicker position last year after nailing three field goals and 28 extra points.

He also played wide receiver and had 18 receptions for 452 yards and five touchdowns.

At the outside linebacker slot, Spitzfaden chalked up 45 tackles last season with eight of them being assisted tackles. He also served as the team's punter, averaging 32.55 yards per punt.

Not too shabby when you consider that all of those statistics are coming from just one player.

"Spitz is just a great kid," Tom Beauchamp, Lindbergh head football coach, told the Call. "We expect him to improve a lot on last year. He's such a hard worker that we can only expect him to improve this season."

One of the things that Beauchamp is the most impressed with when it comes to Spitzfaden is his tenacity and down-to-earth nature.

"I think one of his strongest assets is his tenacity," Beauchamp said. "Yet he's so humble about things. He's really well grounded and never is one to brag about himself."

Spitzfaden also is a hard hitter on the Lindbergh varsity baseball team.

He quickly established himself as one of the top catchers in the area last season as he carried a .356 batting average and cranked out 21 runs batted in and two home runs. Spitzfaden also led the team in walks (16) and stolen bases (9).

Unfortunately, he realizes that if he were to play at the collegiate level, focusing on one sport would become inevitable.

"It would be kind of hard to do both baseball and football," Spitzfaden said. "Football games are tough just going one way let alone going both ways. They're both physically demanding."

The oldest son of Kim and Rich Spitzfaden, he is looking to possibly major in engineering upon graduating from Lindbergh this coming spring because math is one of his favorite fields of study.

He also realizes that school takes a top priority over any sport that he wishes to play.

"Sports have been with me my entire life," Spitzfaden said. "School work comes first. To do it all takes a lot of dedication and hard work."

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