Cagers ready for winter ball

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Last year’s season came to a rough end when the Wolves lost the first round of district playoffs against Waterford Kettering, but players are looking to make this year different.
“We were focused all year,” said Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach John Weyer. “It’s not what we expected to have happen. I told them at the end of the game to remember this moment and put it in their hearts so it could help them focus throughout the year. Throughout our workouts, throughout spring and especially in June, they were really intense and really hard working. They kept up that spirit all summer long. They came into tryouts ready to go.”
The players are ready to put weeks of practice and their off season training to work as they open the season against Walled Lake Western on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
“They play a lot like us,” said Weyer. “They are always well-coached. Steve Emert is a legend in the area as far as basketball goes. He always has his team prepared.”
He added the Wolves lost to WLW in the OAA/KLAA crossover game.
“We didn’t do as well as we wanted to in that game,” he said. “It is a focus for us to start the season out right and come back and play them the way we know we can this year. They are a very good team and they will be a good measuring stick for us in the first game.”
He added the next game they look forward to is the same week, as they take on Ypsilanti Arbor Prep. Then, they play Waterford Kettering in a tournament on Dec. 14.
“It will be exciting for the kids to see how we stacked up against what we did last year,” he said.
The team is looking forward to Southfield Arts & Technology, who finished as runner up at the state championship in March.
“Southfield is always on the radar because they are a measuring stick,” Weyer said. “Southfield is still the team to beat in the OAA Red and Oakland County.
See more about this year’s team in an upcoming edition of The Clarkston News.
The Wolves open the season at home against Walled Lake Western on Tuesday. The freshman team plays at 4 p.m. JV plays at 5:30 p.m. and varsity follows.
They head to Ypsilanti Arbor Prep on December 5. Varsity opens at 3:30 p.m., JV and freshman follow.