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Lauren Sharkey signs her letter of intent for University of Detroit Mercy. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
May 29, 2013 - The spring season has ended for the Lady Wolves Varsity Lacrosse team but after graduating Lauren Sharkey is packing up her lacrosse sticks and heading to University of Detroit Mercy in the fall.

Sharkey, a senior captain, is the first player from the Clarkston Girls Lacrosse program to sign to a Division 1 college.

"It makes me so happy," Sharkey smiled after signing her letter of intent. "Everything I have worked for has finally paid off. I am so happy to be a role model to the girls and to be called a role model means so much when hearing it from other girls."

She has had her eye on attending the college since she was in fifth grade. It was also in fifth grade when she received her first taste of lacrosse after seeing the sport advertised.

"It looked like a cool sport," Sharkey said adding she wanted to try it and once she had the lacrosse stick in her hands there was no stopping her. "I just fell in love with the sport. The people were so nice. I loved the contact, too."

Sharkey played in the game until an injury with a few weeks left in the season put her on the sidelines. But it didn't slow her down as she helped her teammates with encouragement.

"I push my team to have a good finish because I can't be out there but they can," she smiled.

"She enjoys helping her teammates become better players," Coach Daneen Kincaid added. "Lauren is very passionate about the game of lacrosse. We will greatly miss her energy, enthusiasm and skills. She is an incredible athlete and great example both on and off the field."

Sharkey added her teammates have also helped her by encouraging her through the season.

"They knew what I was capable of," she said. "They were always pushing me and I love them for it."

Her advice to aspiring athletes is a quote from Steve Prefontaine she shares with everyone - "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."

"I live by that because it is so true," she said. "Always push yourself. If you put your mind to it you really can do anything."

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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