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Hutchinson leads defense for lacrosse

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May 19, 2010 - Senior Shelby Hutchinson found a new asset for her skills she learned on the basketball court when she joined this year's girls lacrosse team.

"It helped me out a lot," she said. "I brought a lot of my defense skills from basketball to use for lacrosse. Both defenses are pretty much the same. I already knew what to do without them to teach me everything."

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach Renee Turner said Hutchinson's knowledge has given her the edge to predict an offensive attack from opponents.

Turner noticed Hutchinson before the season began as she proved herself during winter's pre-season conditioning. She has watched her skills continue to improve everyday.

"She has become one of the best defensive lacrosse players I have ever coached," Turner added. "One of her most valuable skills is accentuated by her height as she leads in passing interceptions."

Hutchinson is good friends with one of the players who played last year and left after graduation.

"I knew they lost a lot of players last year and she talked me into playing this year," she said.

"It's really fun," she added. "I have never played an outdoor sport before so it was a nice try it out. I like it and I like the girls on the team. I have a lot of fun with them."

She also found a difference on the field after playing basketball and volleyball inside in a climate controlled gym.

"The rain and wind has been pretty bad, but it hasn't been as bad as I expected." Hutchinson said.

She hasn't let the weather affect the way she plays during practice and games.

"What helps is keeping your mind on the fact we really want to do well this season," she said. "You have to keep your mind on the game and not on the weather."

Hutchinson is committed to going to Northern Michigan University in the fall and will study nursing.

She plans to pick up the lacrosse stick again and play on the club team since they don't have an official girls team. Her advice to athletes going into any sport is to stay committed.

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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