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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


October 26, 2011 - For those unable to go to last Friday's rivalry football game between Clarkston and Lake Orion - it was phenomenal.

Especially when senior quarterback Mitch Baenziger sealed the Wolves playoff spot with 51:3 to go in the game on a 30-yard run. A PAT from senior Alex Barta put the score, 38-31.

While the Clarkston fans screamed and cheered in the stands, the football players were also celebrating. Hugs were given on the sidelines by the players and the coaches as the defensive line continued to stop each Orion play.

It was a good end to a great rivalry game and an unusual regular season.

While many have kept asking if forfeiting the first two games because of an uneligible player effected the team - maybe it did for a moment. But the Wolves came right back the week the news broke out to beat Troy in Week 4, 28-13.

Seems like it was out of their system especially if they came back to beat the Dragons.

Well clean the lucky socks, get the Clarkston gear ready for this Friday. The Wolves host Pontiac in the MHSAA Pre-Regional game, a team they already beat 42-18 earlier in the season.

As the Wolves play the Phoenix, Lake Orion goes against Walled Lake Central. For fans ready for a Clarkston/Orion rematch - both teams could face each other again if they both win. Besides going to Ford Field for State Finals, isn't beating the Dragons again enough motivation?

Plus, let's not forget the Lady Wolves on the volleyball court. They also slayed Dragons last week to take the OAA Red league title outright in the 3-2 win. Excellent job! They can be seen on Monday against Holly in the first round of MHSAA District playoffs, 5:30 p.m.

I know it's runs into the Trick or Treat times for the kids, but stay for a match. Maybe if enough people say they are coming I will chip in for a bag of candy. Snickers? Twizzlers? Plus, you get to dress up in blue and gold and be a Clarkston fan. Don't let the kids have all the fun.

See you all this week! We will be looking for you in the stands! By the way check out page 15A for my favorite sign from last Friday's game.

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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