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Davenpost to soar as monarch

Erin Davenport with coaches David King, left, and Tim Wasilk, right. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
May 01, 2013 - Senior Erin Davenport took the next step in her basketball career as she signed her letter of intent to attend Macomb Community College last Friday.

"It feels good to sign because I am taking the next step," she smiled.

"We are really excited by having Erin," said Jay Ritchie, head coach for the Monarchs Women's Basketball team. "She comes from a great program here in Clarkston. She knows how to do things the right way. So it will be an easy transition for her on the college level."

Ritchie first saw Davenport at a summer camp a few years ago and it was her defense presence which made her standout. He watched her a few times including when Davenport took on Southfield Lathrup.

"She held more than her own," Ritchie said. "She has tremendous quickness and toughness despite being small in stature. We are looking forward to getting her on as point guard for us, putting a lot of pressure on the other team's point guard and continuing with the success she has had here in Clarkston."

Davenport plans to put her academic focus on becoming a physical education teacher while at Macomb Community College. Her hope is to one day coach a high school basketball team.

"It is something I wanted to do from my high school experience," she added.

She has been playing since she was six years old and playing in the backyard with teenagers. Along the way she learned techniques to help her improve her game.

Davenport finished the season named as Team Co-Most Valuable Player, OAA Red All-League Team, All-County Honorable Mention team and All-North Honorable Mention team.

"I am really excited for Erin," said Tim Wasilk, head coach for the Lady Wolves. "She has put in a lot of hard work and loves basketball. She is a great kid."

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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