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Athletes prepare for college future

Nick Demattia (click for larger version)
May 30, 2012 - As the Wolves prepare for their next round in the playoff season - four are ready for college.

Four players from the Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse team signed their letters of intent in front of friends and family, May 16.

Nick Demattia will head to Division 1 University of Detroit as teammates Travis Craft, Ethan Frick and Kevin O'Grady go to Division III Albion College.

"It is awesome," smiled Demattia's mom, Lisa. "I am so proud of him. I am glad he is staying in Michigan."

"It is exciting," Nick said. "It wasn't just the lacrosse team but the school program."

Kevin O'Grady (click for larger version)
The academics were also a draw for Craft, Frick, and O'Grady to go to Albion.

"The academics are really good and that was really the big deciding factor," said Craft. "I also like the program. It is a newer program and I like what the coach is doing."

All three are excited to already know a few teammates since they have played lacrosse with each other for years.

"It's cool," said Craft. "It's exciting to be able to continue in college with friends. Kevin and I have been playing since seventh grade. We have amazing chemistry when we get together and play."

"It is going to help a lot," Frick added. "We can build off of our teamwork."

Nick plans to study becoming a physician's assistant since he has always wanted to study in the medical field.

Travis Craft (click for larger version)
"I wanted to be a trainer but a physician's assistant would be the best fit for me. I have a feeling I am going to like it."

Craft plans to study marketing and business while O'Grady is also going to study business.

"My dad is an entrepreneur so I might want to be an entrepreneur," he added.

Frick will major in science and math as he focuses on pre-engineering.

"I have always been good in math and science," he said. "It seems like the career choice for me."

Nick, Frick, O'Grady have played lacrosse since seventh grade and also played football.

Ethan Frick (click for larger version)
"At first I hated lacrosse," said O'Grady. "But once I had the stick skills it was the most fun I had in a sport."

Frick concentrated on competing in football, wrestling and lacrosse.

"A lot of times I thought about dropping one," he admitted. "But I loved them all too much so I continued playing all three. I definitely wasn't ready to be done with lacrosse."

Craft began in fourth grade after he saw his brother play.

"It's great," said Brian Kaminskas, head coach. "I am really proud of them. After four years of hard work and dedication their dreams are being realized.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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