June 27, 2012 - Megan Hastings and Matt Dellinger finished their high school career honored as Senior Athletes of the Year.
Megan Hastings (click for larger version)
Dellinger opened the year in the fall season filling in for multiple positions for the Clarkston Wolves Varsity Football team. Hastings ended the year playing softball during the spring season for the Lady Wolves. Both spent the winter on the basketball court.
They aided their teams to the OAA Red championships for all their sports.
Hastings helped her basketball and softball teams win district titles for her senior year.
Dellinger helped to boost his teams in the playoff seasons but was part of the 2009 team to get to the MHSAA Semifinals.
Matt Dellinger (click for larger version)
Both are heading to college in the fall, Dellinger signed to Kent State University to continue his football last February. He will study aeronautics as a major and criminal justice as a minor with a goal to be a Navy Seal.
"Kent State has a whole new coaching staff," he said when he signed. "I was one of their first offers and on the top of the list. They came from good programs. It really helped."
Hastings is heading to the University of Kentucky with her focus in pharmacy. She will not be playing sports because the field is competitive. She prepared by taking Advanced Placement courses ans was in CSMTech.
The leaders shared advice for aspiring athletes.
"They just need to keep practicing and practicing," said Hastings, adding they need to work hard and stick with the game. "I know there are a lot of girls that aren't coming out so basketball is dropping out."
"It's good to get out there," said Dellinger for athletes wanting to continue in college. "The earlier the better. A lot of times it is hard to get anything after being a senior. It is more difficult. If you want to play there is always a spot someplace no matter what division."
Both graduated from Clarkston High School on June 4. Hastings graduated Summa Cum Laude and part of the National Honor Society. Dellinger graduated Cum Laude and a International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate.
Parents are Matt and Stephanie Dellinger and Stu and Kaye Hastings.
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.