Athletes of the Week: Tourney champs

North Oakland Wolfpack Girls 11U wins the Wolfpack’s Ball with Best tournament. Photo submitted
North Oakland Wolfpack Girls 11U wins the Wolfpack’s Ball with Best tournament. Photo submitted

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Lady Cagers from the North Oakland Wolfpack 11U team celebrated after the Wolfpack’s “Ball with the Best” tournament as they finished as champions in their age division, Feb. 26.
“It was amazing,” said Coach Abby Gibbs. “We have improved so much this year. We have won five tournaments this year. It was good to win another big trophy. They played hard and I am very proud to be their coach.”
It came down to the final game for the Wolfpack which Gibbs described as intense against a tough team. The girls stayed within five points of their opponents throughout the game.
“We ended up winning,” Gibbs said. “They were very excited. They took on a big battle with a lot of different teams around the area. But this last game – it was amazing to watch them do it.”
The team has three returners from last year and seven new players.
The team began playing in September and during November and December they played The Cage in Swartz Creek in two games every weekend. Then, began their tournament season in January and traveled throughout Michigan and also went to a tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their final tournament this season is in Lansing this Saturday.
The team includes players from Clarkston, Lake Orion, Oxford and Goodrich. The North Oakland Wolfpack 11U team is Georgia Bosart, Ellie Britt, Tavi Butki, Wiley Gibbs, Alison Hufstedler, Emilia Morse, Charlotte Peplowski, Payton Richter, Lexi Strohschein, and Lexie Yankee. Team manager is Laura Bosart.