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Carpenter motivates teammates

Steve Carpenter at Football for a Cure in August 2010. (click for larger version)
November 10, 2010 - Steve Carpenter finished his senior football season named All-League for his performance at defense linebacker.

He has seen his Clarkston Varsity Football team go through their highs and lows during his three years with the team.

What he has learned will stay with him for the rest of his life.

"You have to keep working hard," he said. "During sophomore year we didn't have a great season, then everyone worked hard and we became a great team. We had a great year (going to semi-finals). Never give up on yourself and try your best."

Carpenter began playing football in the seventh grade. During his freshman year he was boosted up to the JV team and joined the varsity team his sophomore year and was part of the starting lineup since.

"Steve is a true competitor," said Tony Miller, the Wolves' defense coordinator. "He has played hurt all three years. He has had some shoulder issues but he has persevered. He is a tough kid."

He had a surgery on his shoulder after his junior season and missed out on off season training.

"He still showed up though," said Miller. "He could not start until August. He came to everything and encouraged the kids to keep working hard."

He offered advice to the younger classmen to work as hard as they can.

"Put in the time now it will be worth it in the end," he added. "Try to be the best you can because everything happens so fast."

He finished the season with 26 total tackles, 13 assists and one fumble recovery. He was the sixth leading tackle on the team.

"Steve is going to be missed greatly," said Miller. "He is a great leader. He is what Clarkston football is all about."

Carpenter currently has a 3.2 grade point average and has a mix of classes including marketing, statistics, ASD Link and media.

When he is not studying he likes to venture outside where he enjoys dirt biking, camping, hunting, skiing and snowmobiling.

He plans to continue his education at Central Michigan University where he will study medical sales.

"My mom always wanted to do it and I know some people that do it," he said.

His parents are Jim and Valerie. He has two siblings, David and Kellyn.

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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