Source: Sherman Publications

Athletes of The Week
Hard hitting season

by Wendi Reardon

July 11, 2012

Don Peters described the Clarkston Girls Varsity Softball season in one word - awesome.

"Obviously having a 36-5 season is awesome," added the head coach. "But more important was how they played together. It was the teamwork they had and the support from parents. It was a lot of fun."

They ended the season with the most wins the team has had in Clarkston High School history and capped it off with winning the MHSAA District title.

The Lady Wolves also took first place at the University of Michigan tournament, May 19. They took second place in the 20th Annual Michigan Stars Tournament, May 6.

The team also gave back by hosting their first Girls in Pink Classic to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"The girls are one of the best teams in the state this year," Peters said, adding their talent, team chemistry and hard work helped them to get to their high skill level.

The honors players received at the end of the season prove it with seven players receiving accolades.

Honors for players were freshman Madeline Maday: All-State, All-Region, All-District and All-League; junior Sydney Hasselbach: All-State, All-Region, All-District, All-League; senior Megan Hastings: All-Region, All-District, All-League, Honorable Mention All-State; senior Shauna Siwicki: All-Region, All-District, All-League, Honorable Mention All-State; senior Tara Perry: All-Region, All-District, All-League, Honorable Mention All-State; senior Rachel Pytel: All-District, All-Region; and sophomore Rachel Alli: All-District.

Peters received honor of All-Star Coach.

"The honors are well-deserved," added Peters. "I was pleasantly surprised so many got them but so many of them had outstanding individual seasons."

The team graduated four seniors this season: Hastings, Perry, Pytel and Siwicki.

"They had great leadership," Peters smiled. "They had a positive attitude and just love to play the game. I think it rubbed off on a lot of the girls."

Hastings will play in the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association All-Star game next Wednesday. Peters was chosen as one of the coaches for the game. It is at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, 1:30 p.m.

"It is neat for the community to be represented at that level," he said. "I really enjoyed the girls and their families this year. I love being a coach in Clarkston."