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Clarkston Cycling Team celebrates their win at Addison Oaks Fall Classic. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
September 18, 2013 - The Wolves finished their first two events in Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association in first place.

The cyclists began with a win at Addison Oaks Fall Classic, Sept. 8.

"I was happy so many kids showed up and really did their best," said Lisa Loetzner, parent volunteer. "They really fought hard for their positions. It was a real good team effort and the team bonding was great."

Hannah Seaman finished in first place in the 11-14 Women's race.

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"It was a good win for her and the team," Loetzner said.

Mason Sitar finished fourth in the varsity race, beating a Detroit Country Day racer.

"He really secured our victory," Loetzner added. "He had to fight really hard for it."

Also for varsity, Marlin Loetzner finished in eighth and Derek VanItallie finished in ninth. Liam Fries led the JV team, finishing in first. Jacob Shook took second; Aiden Keith, 15th; and Zach Keith, 16th. Aiden Fries, finished in sixth; and Tom Seaman, seventh, for the 11-14 Men's race.

Lisa explained every course is different and has unique features to it.

"Addison is not a technical course but very fast," she added. "It is very fluid and it gets difficult because of the speed you are riding."

The cyclists also finished first in the MiSCA Bloomer MTB race this past Saturday. Sitar led the varsity team, finishing in fifth as Liam finished first in the JV races and Aiden finished in second for the 11-14 Men's race.

The team meets two times a week to train and the cyclists sometimes go out on rides on their own to get more preparation in. They also have support from Kinetics Systems Bicycle, in downtown Clarkston.

The team heads to Novi on Sept. 28 for the next race. The MiSCA Championship is set for Oct. 5 in Lake Orion.

For more information, contact Coach Jake Schmitt at jake_schmitt@yahoo.com, or visit their Facebook page - Clarkston Cycling Team or www.clarkstoncycling.com.

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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