Source: Sherman Publications

Athlete of the Week
Baenziger hoops it up

by Wendi Reardon

February 29, 2012

Senior Mitch Baenziger caught the pass from teammate Zach Collins and made his shot to continue the Wolves' lead in the last quarter on Friday night.

With the basket and five points prior, the lead was cut to 52-36 before the game finished as a 61-43 win for Clarkston.

He ended the game with nine points and scored 16 against Rochester Adams on Feb. 21.

Baenziger began playing basketball in third grade after finishing playing hockey. He decided it was time to try something different.

From the moment he stepped onto the wooden court and held the basketball in his hands, Baenziger enjoyed it.

"It has been my favorite sport since," he added. "I liked it and had a lot of fun."

Baenziger spent his fall seasons on the football field at quarterback for the Clarkston Varsity Football team. He said the two sports help each other out.

"You have to be tough to play football," he added. "The toughness of football translates on the basketball court. You also have to be strong with the ball."

The high pressure atmosphere on the field also helps when he plays basketball.

After his last year at Clarkston he would like to continue playing basketball in college.

"I would play for any college that will give me a chance," he said.

Baenziger currently has a 3.6 grade point average as he ends his second trimester this Friday. He is currently taking Advanced Placement Calculus, Physics, Civics, a computer class. He also spends time helping autistic students with their school work.

His plan for college is to study Kinesiology, focusing his attention on sports medicine.

"I have a passion for sports," Baenziger explained. "It is something I want to continue. I am pretty good at math and science. It mixes sports with my math and science ability."

When he is playing sports, he is spending time with his family, hanging out with his friends, or enjoying the outdoors.

His advice to the young cagers and fans watching the Wolves every game is to work hard.

"Working hard in basketball can translate to working hard anywhere in life," Baenziger said.

"You can be talented in something but if you work harder you will be more successful."

Baenziger and his senior teammates play their last home game this Thursday against West Bloomfield, 7 p.m.