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Gray shines bright

Anna Gray controls the play as Notre Dame Prep moves in. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
April 17, 2013 - Senior co-captain Anna Gray shared one of the reasons the Clarkston Girls Varsity Lacrosse team is 5-0 going into this week.

"It has a lot to do with the positivity and the team being well-rounded," she said. "We are a really good team and we focus on everyone's strengths. Coach (Daneen) Kincaid does a lot to make sure everyone is happy and doing well in school, out of school, as well as on and off of the field."

Gray helped her team in the first week of competition with scoring six goals. She scored four against Notre Dame Prep.

"Anna was crucial in the draw control," added Kincaid. "She had a winning percentage of 73 percent in our opening game versus Waterford United."

Gray began playing lacrosse in ninth grade - explaining it was an experimental sport for her.

"I wanted to see if I liked it," she added. "I ended up loving it. Now I am going into my fourth year, working as one of three captains with Lauren Sharkey and Maddie McGuire and seeing all the new players come in and being able to help them."

"Anna works hard to maintain a balance between her academic and athletic pursuits, and recently was accepted to Princeton and Yale," Kincaid added.

Gray currently had a 4.0 grade point average and in her last trimester is taking French 5, AP Computer Science, AP Biology, Laboratory Technician and Dual Enrollment in Physics at Oakland Community College.

She is still looking at colleges and leaning towards studying chemical or electrical engineering. She is also looking for a campus where she can continue playing lacrosse and golf.

"It's really important to me to have a sport," Gray added. "Not only a sport but other activities to be involved in to stay well-rounded and to stay active. Golf and lacrosse have provided me with a really fun way to get to know other people and have fun. I really enjoy them."

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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