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Seniors leave mark

March 21, 2012 - When the seniors stepped off of the basketball court for the last time they had left a mark on the Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball team for years to come.

"We had six very talented and hard working seniors that showed a great deal of leadership," said Tim Wasilk, head coach. "They definitely helped to put our program back on the map."

The seniors - Breanca Cantrell, Megan Hastings, Christina Joskich, Anna Manilla, Jessica Ming and Tori Trimmer - had successfully led the team to two consecutive MHSAA District championships after a five year drought.

They also led in the league, finishing the regular season as OAA Red champions with a 12-2 league record adding to their 21-3 overall record.

"The biggest thing they pass on is how to come to work every day and practice every day," Wasilk said. "How to come with a focused effort and not take days off. I was proud of what they accomplished this year. They taught the younger kids how to be competitive and how to win. Hopefully that will carry on."

During their first season together in 2010-2011, the Lady Wolves had a successful boost from their 6-15 finish the previous year. They finished in March 2011 with a 18-6 record after their loss in the MHSAA Regional finals to Midland.

"It was a special group of seniors and a special group to be part of this year," Wasilk added. "I was proud of what they accomplished. We have three captains graduating. It is nice to see them do well and be successful."

The team loses 18 years of varsity playing experience - including four years from both Hastings and Manilla. Both have played on the team since their freshman year.

The team has nine players returning next year to continue the leadership and what they learned from the seniors.

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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