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Paving road to finals

Clarkston Boys Tennis. From left: in back row, Coach Chas Claus, Sean McNeil, Eric Matnowski, Joey Whall, Johnny Whall, Matt Dahl; middle row, Tristan Greenlee, Brendan Greenlee, Dan Agnew, Mitch Rogowski, Alex Matisse, Matt Pasco; front row, Randy Toll, Alexis Haselwanter, Ray Coyle, Kaiden Kamp and Ian Stuart. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
October 16, 2013 - Many teams eye the state finals at the beginning of the season - one of them was the Clarkston Boys Varsity Tennis team.

The vision turned into reality last Thursday as the Wolves scored 19 points during the MHSAA Regional meet sending them to the state finals. It is the first time the boys have visited the finals since 1982.

"I expect a very successful season," Coach Chas Claus predicted at the beginning. "We have a lot of excellent leadership at the top. We have a lot of experienced players. It should be one of the better years for Clarkston Boys Tennis and one of the best years."

It was a season of rewriting history for the varsity tennis team as they claimed the OAA White league championship after going 5-0 in meets and took second at the league tournament. The last time they finished the league in first it was 12 years ago. The ended sharing the title with Rochester.

Sophomore Alexis Haselwanter added his own chapter in Wolves' history with his Golden Match against Farmington.

The team is led by senior captains Matt Dahl, Joey Whall and Johnny Whall. The team is seniors Dan Agnew, Eric Maynowski, Sean McNeil; juniors Ray Coyle, Brendan Greenlee, Kaiden Kamp, Mitchell Rogowski; sophomores Haselwanter, Ian Stuart; freshman Tristan Greenlee and Carl Matisse.

The finals is this Friday and Saturday at Midland Tennis Center.

Congratulations on your achievements and good luck in the finals, Wolves!

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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