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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


Wolves win big



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March 09, 2011 - By flipping the pages of this week's Clarkston News, you might notice a trend in sports – it was a spectacular week.

I will start at the Palace of Auburn Hills where five of Clarkston's six qualifiers finished as All-Staters in the MHSAA Wrestling Individual Finals.

Senior Matt Vandermeer ended his high school career as state champ in the 171-pound weight class, defeating Detroit Catholic Central. Seniors Jeff Sloney finished as runner-up in 130-pounds and Mike Henige won fifth place in his first trip to the Palace. Check out the story for more. As for Scott Devos, Ethan Frick and Nick Vandermeer, next year will be huge for them. I see more great things coming from them.

Next, Girls Varsity Basketball, or as we now call them District Champs, hit snags during both district games against Fenton and Grand Blanc. They fought through deficits and tough defense blocks to pull through. The last time the Lady Wolves won districts was Nov. 2005, which was also in the same Brandon High School gym as the girls played in last week. It could be the gym, but...the Lady Wolves have proved since the beginning of the new year they work great together as a team. Keep it up, girls! The road to Breslin Center in Lansing is yours.

Up next, Boys Hockey, which also beat Grand Blanc but also a mercy win against the Flint Kearsley-Holly Hornets in Pre-Regionals. Then, another win over Bay City for the Regional crown, 5-4. Freshman Jack Viazanko was in the net for all three games, senior Troy Fasseel stepped in for a period against Grand Blanc.

The Boys Varsity Ski team raced to their best finish for the State Finals on March 7, runner up. Next year, championship looks good with all of the boys returning.

Now, Boys Varsity Basketball. Yes, basketball fans I left the esteemed Wolves last. I wanted to make sure you knew about the other Wolves.

The season started with a few hiccups and as the season progressed they kept getting tougher, climbing to the top in the OAA Red and leaving the two league losses in the past. On Friday they put their league record at 12-2, taking the OAA Red title.

Kudos to all our Clarkston athletes!

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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