Athletes of the Week: Champions of the field

 

The Clarkston Chiefs JV White team celebrate being Superbowl champions. Photo provided
The Clarkston Chiefs JV White team celebrate being Superbowl champions. Photo provided

The score was close near the end of the game, but the Clarkston Chiefs JV White closed the Northern Youth Football League Superbowl as champions with a a 16-12 win over Oxford Gold, Nov. 5.
“A Superbowl victory is special and something that will make me smile when thinking back on the years I’ve coached,” said John King, head coach. “But Superbowls will never take place of the special time I was able to spend with my three boys. There are so many moments I will cherish forever.”
With the win the Chiefs remained undefeated for the season and won the American Division in the league after defeating Lake Orion, 12-0, and Oxford Blue, 34-12.
“I have two goals every season,” King explained. “The first is to finish the season with the exact amount of kids I started with, and also to build and develop future Wolves. At age eight some kids don’t know how to tie their shoes let alone block and tackle.”
He added he would tell parents to give him two weeks to begin to mold their kids and after two weeks he never had anyone quit. Then, when the game portion begins they “truly see the kids grow, bond and have fun competing.”
The Clarkston Chiefs JV White team is Ethan Clark, Tyler Cray, Micah Duffy, Nathen Hutchons, Kohl Jarvis, Elijah Kern, Mason King, Brody Kosin, Steven Kossak, Kaiden Lash, Jacob Lenardson, Kendall McKouen, Brady Middleton, Hunter Polonkey, Alex Prisby, Danny Redmond, Luke Shrout, Frank Schuster, Malachi Sievers, Clay Smaka, Zackery Sweet, Joshua Visintine, Brady Vogt, Christopher Webb, Jaylen Wilson and Mason Winkelblech.
“I want to thank every parent, player, coach, volunteer, and whoever played a part in making the Chiefs so successful during my years of being involved in the program,” King added. “I will never forget you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for some of the best years of my life.”