March 13, 2013 - For senior Danielle Hopkins, her last season with the Clarkston Girls Varsity Bowling team was filled with memories and close bonds with her teammates.
Danielle Hopkins (click for larger version)
"Our team had a lot of good chemistry," she said. "It was nice to see everyone transition and grow because we had a lot of new people who started this year. We stayed close as a team and we had a lot of fun this year."
Hopkins was the only senior on the team with two other returners from last year. The three were joined by five new bowlers.
"She was truly a leader," added Coach Elanor Hallman. "She was willing to help others when needed and had a positive attitude. She is a hard worker and will go far with her talents in the future. She will be missed next year."
Hopkins added she helped the new bowlers with tournaments, how to move and when they need to and which bowling ball to used.
"Just knowing how it works helps a little more because it keeps everyone in the same line and in the same spot," she said.
Hopkins added her experience stems from all the years she has participated in the sport. She began bowling when she could walk.
"My dad is a big bowler and had me in it for awhile," she said.
She joined the bowling team in her sophomore year after being on the cheer team in her freshman year. She added she made more connections with her teammates and coaches after the switch.
Hopkins will attend Western Michigan University in the fall where she will major in occupational therapy.
She explained she became interested in the field because her cousin is an occupational therapist. She added after graduating with her degree there are a lot of job options she could pursue.
Besides bowling in Saturday morning leagues and during the summer, she enjoys watching the Detroit Red Wings and outdoor activies, particularly camping and fishing.
Her advice for aspiring bowlers is to keep going.
"There are going to be struggles," she said. "Usually you can get past them if you play as a team and play with a passion."
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.