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Back in play

August 18, 2010 - The football season has officially kicked off. The Clarkston High School gridiron heroes attacked the practice field on Aug. 9 and haven't slowed down since – taking in drill after drill, play after play.

Then, the boys showed off some of their techniques and practiced plays during Saturday's Football for a Cure, their annual intra-squad scrimmage.

Next to come – practice, practice, practice as the boys build onto their strengths and work on weaknesses before they take on Rochester Adams on Aug. 27.

What can fans expect – toughness. Even more so then when they lost to Romeo in 38-7 in the 2008 District Playoffs.

The semi-finals last year left a bitter taste in everyone's mouths from one call in the last moments – players, coaches and the fans. Even Trevor, my reporting comrade, and I were overcome by it on the sidelines. Now a handful of returners and newbies are ready to fight hard again.

The Wolves have home advantage for the majority of the season with a few away games trickled in here and there – including a new foe Pontiac High School and old rival Lake Orion. Will the Dragons step up after losing to the Wolves, not just once, but twice last year? Or will they fall on their own turf.

But no matter the team, the league or county – the goal is always the same, Ford Field for the state finals.

Now from the Clarkston community – lots of blue and gold, lots of shouting and cheering, and Athlete of the Week nominations. The nominations can be any sport, any level. They can be emailed to clarkstonnews@gmail.com, mailed to Clarkston News, 5 S Main St., or called in, 248-625-3370.

Look for more previews to come in your Clarkston News and I will see you at the game – I will be the one of the many down in front, rain or shine.

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Happy Birthday to all my cousins born in August – Megan, Leslie and Brian. Leslie celebrates her sweet 16 this week. Ah, I can remember the day she was just a little girl singing to the Spice Girls. If it wasn't for Megan and Leslie, I would have never watched their movie – especially five times in a row. Thanks girls!

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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