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Annabelle Yeloushan guards against Kaelyn Kaul. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
June 29, 2011 - Cagers at the Dare to Dream Clinic took a breather on Thursday morning during their last game of the week and shared their enthusiasm from the week.

"They taught us a lot," said Kate Gualtieri.

"It's really active," Lillian Schuster added. "I like the coaches and I met new friends. I can't believe it's the last day."

Seventy-four girls from grades 3-9 participated in this summer's clinic each bringing different experiences, even if it was their first time playing basketball.

"It's nice to see from Monday to Thursday the difference in how much they have improved with what they have learned," said Tim Wasilk, Clarkston High School Girls Varsity Basketball Coach. "It's a good experience for all. We do fundamental work with different stations and different drills."

The fundamentals included ball-handling, passing, footwork, shooting, rebounding and defense.

"It was very interesting, tiring and fun," said Helen Josephson for her second time at the clinic. "The coaches are very nice."

The girls also competed in four different competitions throughout the week. The winners from Monday through Wednesday competed one more time for the championship title and the trophy.

Champions from the Hot Shot tournament were Jaclyn Marra, Kayla Lunchenbach, and Hannah Siegfried.

Champions from the free-throw knockout were Brooklyn Robak, Rachel Eckhout, and Anne Gregor; lightning, Marra, Meghan Deardorff and Siegfried; one-on-one competition, Marra, Lunchenbach, and Siegfried.

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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