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Undefeated season



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Clarkston Girls Freshman team is Nydia Batiste, Alyssa Bey, Rachel Bojanowski, Madeline Bullinger, Kelsey Catania, Mary Costa, Theresa Guevara, Sarah Klimczak, Kailan Mehta, Ashley Miles, Lauren Moore, Nickola Olivia, Lauren Tait, Simone Williams and Coach Dan Vanaman. Photo provided (click for larger version)
February 27, 2013 - Lady Cagers took the court by storm this season, going undefeated.

The Clarkston Girls Freshman basketball team opened with a 40-9 win over Davison in their season opener, Nov. 30, and followed it up with a close win over Lake Orion, 29-28, on Dec. 4.

They would beat Lake Orion in another close match in January to keep their streak going, 25-24.

Coach Dan Vanaman added beating the Dragons twice was a few of the many highlights during the season.

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"It is pretty big and good for the program," he said. "We have a special group of players."

The season began with players making a list of goals and techniques they wanted to work on during the year.

"Goals were working on dribbling," said Vanaman. "Some wanted to to be more comfortable with left handed dribbling and ball control. They had their goals and I think all of them improved in at least one area."

The girls added their last win on Feb. 19 as they closed the season at West Bloomfield, 38-14.

"It was a big win. We finished very well," said Vanaman. "We played a really solid defense. Everything worked for us. We finished strong. They didn't give up and fought hard to the end."

He added they will have a lot to add to the Lady Wolves basketball program as they continue onto the JV and varsity teams in the future.

"They are solid basketball players," said Vanaman. "They understand the game. They work well with each other. They understand our system and what we are trying to accomplish. They fit in really well with what we are trying to do out there."

The 2012-2013 team is Nydia Batiste, Alyssa Bey, Rachel Bojanowski, Madeline Bullinger, Kelsey Catania, Mary Costa, Theresa Guevara, Sarah Klimczak, Kailan Mehta, Ashley Miles, Lauren Moore, Nickola Olivia, Lauren Tait and Simone Williams.

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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