BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Clarkston Basketball community and fans will wish happy journeys to the Loyer family as they pack up and move to Indiana.
“Their family has done so much for Clarkston,” said Tim Wasilk, head coach for Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball. “They are a great family. They will be surely missed. They are always welcomed back. I talked to Fletcher and his dad, John, and told them they are always welcomed back. We would love to have them back. Hopefully they will continue to stop by when they come through Clarkston.”
Foster and Fletcher Loyer have both left a legacy in the Clarkston Basketball program.
“I would just like to thank the Clarkston community for the unwavering support during my years at Clarkston,” Foster said. “The legacy and tradition of Clarkston Basketball and Clarkston Athletics will continue to thrive and have a lasting impact on my life and so many others.”
Foster was a starter for four years on the boys varsity basketball team and helped lead the Wolves to their first back-to-back MHSAA Class A state championships in 2017 and 2018. He played under the guidance of long-time head coach Dan Fife, who retired from the position, September 2018.
“My favorite memory at Clarkston was winning those two state championships and putting the ultimate seal on Coach Fife’s legacy,” Foster shared. “Being there to accomplish something with my brothers and teammates that will last a lifetime.”
He added Fife and the Clarkston program helped him.
“Coach Fife and Clarkston Basketball have helped me excel not only as an athlete but as a young man,” Foster said. “He has helped myself and so many others realize the importance of hard work and dedication both on and off the court.”
Foster finished his high school career with 2,323 points for most points scored in the boys’ program. He also scored the most field goals for a total of 272 for first place in Clarkston’s scorebooks while also putting himself in the state books as well.
Foster was named Mr. Basketball during his senior year. A few more accolades he received, before heading to Michigan State University to continue his education and to play basketball, included Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Best of the Best and Detroit Free Press Male Athlete of the Year.
Wasilk was assistant coach for three years while Foster played on the varsity team.
“Just him leading us,” he said. “Being a leader, being the leading player to help us for our first two state championships. He was outstanding to coach, ultimate competitor, always in the gym, and a great kid. Probably one of the best high school players I have ever seen.”
Fletcher, going into his junior year of high school, said there are certain moments he will always remember.
“I will always remember growing up playing McGrath and cheering for Foster’s teams at the state tournament run and championships,” he shared. “Coach Fife always talked to us about working hard on and off of the court and putting in the time. I’ll never forget stepping on the floor for the first time as a Wolf with a packed gym and hearing all the fans.”
Fletcher played his freshman and sophomore years with the varsity team under Wasilk’s direction as head coach.
“He’s a great kid, pleasure to be around, super strong academically,” Wasilk said. “He was always in the gym shooting with his dad, working on his game. He was captain for us, good leader, great scorer. He was one of the best shooters in the state of Michigan I thought last year.
“He can handle the ball. He has an extremely high basketball IQ, competitive on the floor. He is an All-State player. He is surely going to be missed by his teammates, his coaches and the fans of Clarkston,” he continued. “It’s not someone you can easily replace, someone who is scoring 22 to 23 points per game and already has two years under his belt playing varsity basketball. Definitely he will be surely missed.”
Fletcher finished his sophomore year receiving honors as Detroit News All-State 1st Team; BCAM Best Division 1 All-State Team; Associated Press All-State 2nd Team; Detroit Free Press All-State 3rd Team; MLive Metro Detroit 2nd Team; All-League OAA Red Team; Team Co-MVP; and BCAM Top Ten Individual All-State 3-pt Shooters Award, with the third highest percentage in Michigan.
He scored 803 points during his two years with Clarkston as well as108 fields goals. He finished second place tied with Foster for most field goals during one game with nine scored against West Bloomfield in 2019. He scored 42 points against Roseville in 2020 for seventh place in the Wolves’ records for most points scored during one game.
“I would like to thank Clarkston for all the support and wish especially my friends and teammates all the best,” Fletcher said.
Wasilk added parents, John and Katie, also left an impact.
“They have done so much behind the scenes for our program,” he said. “John worked out our guys and gave so much insight of basketball to our coaching staff. Katie took care of so much of the miscellaneous stuff that goes on during the season. She helped bridge the gap between our players, parents and coaches. Those two were just outstanding to have to be part of our program for so many years. They will be greatly missed.”
Thank you for being a part of the Clarkston community and the memories, John, Katie, Foster, Fletcher and Jersey!