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From left, Nick Morey, Ryan Rea and Nick Steward sign their letters of intent. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
January 29, 2014 - Snow might be covering the baseball fields right now but three Wolves are looking forward not only their senior spring season but beyond.

Clarkston High School hitters Nick Morey, Ryan Rea and David Steward signed their letters of intent for college on Jan. 22 to take their baseball skills to the next level.

"I feel good," Morey smiled as he finished putting his signature on several lines to be a catcher at Rochester College. "I am excited to play baseball at the next level."

He was interested after going for a visit and liked everyone he met as well as the school was comfortable for him. The proximity to Clarkston was a bonus as he plans to study business.

"I didn't really take it into consideration but now glad closer to home," he smiled.

Rea and Steward are heading to south to Adrian College next fall.

"It is exciting," Rea said. "It's a new step. I am really excited especially since one of my teammates has also signed and I will continue my career with him."

"I feel pretty good," Steward said. "It is definitely something I wanted to do."

For Rea, the draw to Adrian was the campus as well as the baseball facilities and the program.

He plans to study sports management and plans use the degree to be a baseball coach, athletic director or for an organization.

Steward also liked the program at Adrian and the field.

"I feel like I can learn there because it isn't too big of a school," he said, adding right now he is undecided for his course of study but is leaning towards exercise science.

Both pitch and Steward also plays as a third baseman and Rea is a first baseman.

They added it will help having a teammate there.

"It will be good because we are rooming together at Adrian," Rea said. "It will help ease into the process and make it easier especially since college is a big step. It will help having a friend there."

"It will make it a lot easier and the transition won't be that bad," Steward added.

They added growing with the Clarkston Baseball Program will help them out.

"The coaches have stepped up our training to help us prepare for the next level," Morey mentioned. "They have given me good tips I can use at Rochester."

Rea added head coach Phil Price has helped him prepare for college.

"It has helped me mature and prepare for things to come," he said.

Steward added it helped teach him the value of things and helped him meet a great group of people.

All have played since they were children.

"I just love it," Steward said. "It's fun."

"I found I excelled at it more than any other sport I tried," Morey added. "It is a lot with it – the environment, the guys and getting to know your team."

As the team sets their goals for the upcoming season, the three plan to help them get as far in the playoffs as they can and also have a great season.

"I want to have a fun season with the team and end it right," Rea said.

"I want to do better than last year," Steward added.

"I am very happy for them," said Price. "It is well-deserved. They are excellent baseball players but more than that they are great kids. It shows about their character that they want to continue playing baseball. They want to keep on going and not have it end after their senior year."

The first practice for baseball is March 10 and games start after March 19.

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. Follow Clarkston sports on Twitter @CNewsWRSports.
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