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From left, Lindenwood University Women's Hockey Assistant Coach Katie Kell, Caitlyn Post, and Lindenwood University Women's Hockey Head Coach Vince O'Mara. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
June 15, 2011 - Caitlyn Post is grabbing her hockey gear and heading to Missouri in the fall.

The Clarkston High School senior, who graduated on June 6, received an athletic scholarship to play women's hockey at Lindenwood University in St. Charles.

"We are very happy to have Caitlyn attend Lindenwood University," said Vince O'Mara, head coach. "As we transition into our first year of NCAA Division 1 status we felt Caitlyn was just the type of student athlete that would be a big part of our initial campaign for years to come."

Post has played hockey for the past ten years. It was a year after her brother, Vinny, began playing at Lakeland. Her mom, Lynette, asked her if she wanted to play and Caitlyn said no.

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As she watched her brother the sport called out to her and she decided she would try it.

"I have loved it ever since," she said. "I don't know what I would do without it."

During her senior year, Post and her teammates from the Little Caesars AAA U-19 Girls Hockey team won the 2011 State Championship for Michigan. They also finished as runner-up in the 2011 USA Hockey Nationals.

"She is a very smart tough power forward that will work hard in the corners and in front of the net," said O'Mara.

"Her willingness to mix it up in the slot in the offensive zone creates a bunch of great scoring chances. Caitlyn will add some good depth and speed at the forward position for us."

The team finished last season with a 33-3-2 overall record and plays in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Division.

Caitlyn is the first female to receive a hockey scholarship in the entire history of Clarkston High School.

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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