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Nick Matich, right, and Clarkston Varsity Football Head Coach Kurt Richardson at the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team Awards Banquet. Photo provided (click for larger version)
January 09, 2013 - Junior Nick Matich was sitting in Clarkston Varsity Football Head Coach Kurt Richardson's office when Richardson handed him a letter.

"He was like 'I have some pretty good news for you,'" Matich remembered before he read the letter with Richardson.

Matich, starting outside linebacker for the Wolves since he was a freshman, was named to The Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team.

"It was a really huge surprise to me," Matich said. "I was not expecting it at all.I was just shocked more than anything. There were only a couple of juniors there."

"He had a great year," added dad, Kurt Matich. "He played both ways. They went deep into the playoffs and the line was amazing. It was a team effort."

Nick added he thought his 2012 fall season was good. He went to a lot of college camps during the summer and was in the weight room a lot.

"It wasn't my best season yet," he added. "I am going to improve more."

The Matich family was also impressed by the banquet held on Dec. 12. The top 22 players in the state were there as well as head football coach from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University and other colleges.

"It was amazing," Kurt said. "It was a nice tribute they had. Mark Dantonio, from Michigan State, was the key note speaker."

Nick began playing football with the Clarkston Chiefs when he was nine-years-old. Kurt had asked him if he wanted to play since Nick's friends were playing.

"I said sure," said Nick. "Why not since I was a pretty big kid. I started and there was a weight limit."

Because of the weight limit he started out with the 14-year-olds on the varsity team - giving him experience and knowledge to build off of in the future.

He added the experience has helped him as he continued playing and started in the Wolves' varsity team as a freshman.

While Nick is in between football seasons, he is holding tight in what he calls "the big waiting game."

He explained it is when colleges and coaches take a look at players and their film and contact players.

For his upcoming football season he would like to improve as much as he can and get ready for college football.

"Plus live it up," he added. "It is my last season of high school football."

Nick was also named Associated Press Division 1-2 All-State, All-Metro North, All-Oakland County and All-League for his junior year.

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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