Athletes of the Week: Kicking to winning season

Clarkston News Sports Writer
Kickers finished their season in district finals giving their opponents a battle which went into double overtime and a loss for the Wolves.

The Clarkston Boys Varsity Soccer team. Photo by Visual Sports Network

The Clarkston Boys Varsity Soccer team finished the fall with a winning season with an overall 10-6-5 record.
“It was a really good season,” said Curtis Payment, head coach. “We had a super competitive team. We tied and beat some of the best teams in the state this year.”
The Wolves graduate 13 seniors from this year’s team.
“It’s such a really unique class,” Payment said. “I never had a team work this hard. I never had a team buy into everything we were coaching. No matter what they went out and did it. I think their legacy will be believe in each other, believe in the coaching staff and good things will happen.”
The team has seven players returning.
“One of the messages we are really going to focus on is we have been in the district finals in four of the last five years. We did pick up two victories,” said Payment. “It’s the foundation of our program now. We should expect to do well in the playoffs and be competitive in the end of the season. Believing in that, staying confident throughout the season and really trying to peak at the right time. We should practice, plan and expect to be in big games at the end of the year.”
The Clarkston Boys Varsity Soccer 2017 team was freshman Lochlan Gray; sophomore Ethan Wise; juniors Noah Bridgeman, Patrick Farrell, David Gray, Nathan Murray, Maclain Zaremba; seniors Jacob Bore, Nolan Cook, Parker Daly-Seiler, Brady Dickens, Bailey Dula, Finn Eblenkamp, Mason Gergar, Matt Heilman, John Loch, Cole Mitchell, Mike Snider, Luke Quilliams and Michael Weiler.
“We had a great group of boys – quality young men,” Payment added. “They showed at the end of the season we had a quality team in the run in the playoffs.”

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