By: Tyler Garrett
The Clarkston Wolves have one of the most prestigious and historically successful basketball programs in the MHSAA. The Wolves are annual contenders to make a run in the state playoffs. Lead by Coach Dan Fife the Wolves are always contenders to win a state championship year after year.
The Wolves are coming off a historic 2016/17 season, in which they won 29 games and only lost 1. Their only loss being to Southfield A&T. They are also the reigning MHSAA Class A state champs. Looking ahead to the 2017/18 season, the Wolves are strong favorites to repeat as champions. The Wolves are ranked as a Top 20 ranked team in the country by multiple high school basketball websites. According to MaxPreps Clarkston is ranked 18th in the nation and the number one team in the state.
This year's team is also the home to many NCAA D1 commits including; Foster Loyer, Taylor Currie, and Thomas Kithier. Loyer and Kithier will be attending Michigan State University to play starting in the Fall of 2018. Currie will be attending The University of Wisconsin to play starting in the Fall of 2018.
Senior Foster Loyer is looking forward to a very successful senior season as a Clarkston Wolf.
"Our goal for this year is really going into each game with a positive mindset and playing just one game at a time. Ultimately the expectation is to repeat as state champs" said Loyer when asked about his expectations for the upcoming season.
"My expectations for this season are just to play each game hard and compete game after game. We are really looking to continue to build and get better as a team. But the main goal is to go back to back" said by senior Demond Mills-Bradley.
"My expectations are to win another one this year" said Taylor Currie.
The boys of the Wolves basketball team enjoyed a very successful season which included a state championship (the first in Clarkston Basketball history). The boys were asked about their favorite part of being apart of the state champs team.
"Winning a state championship with that group of guys was the most memorable part. It was awesome being able to bring home a state championship for the community and for Coach Fife" said Loyer.
"Winning a state championship for sure, it was such a surreal feeling" said Mills-Bradley.
"For sure winning the state championship. That was an amazing feeling and a great way to finish off a great season" said Currie.
The Wolves enter the season as a top ranked team in the country, making them the team everyone wants to beat. Many are saying that this year's team out Clarkston could be one of the best in MHSAA history. They have many college bound athletes on the team. The team was asked what it means to them being ranked like this.
"Being a top ranked team doesn't change much. We still have to go out there and give or best effort. It puts a huge target on our backs actually. Everyone is going to want to beat us and give us their best game" said Loyer.
"To me it shows teams respect us. But it's a big target on our back. We just have to go out there and prove why we are ranked" said Mills-Bradley.
"We just have to show up ready to play everyday. Everyone is out to beat us and bringing their best game" said Currie.
The Wolves seem to have a big target on their back and that seems to be the common theme among the team. They look forward to a hopefully successful 2017/18 season and a bright future in the basketball program. Come out and support the Wolves Varsity Basketball team this Winter!