CLARKSTON >> With a challenging academic load ahead, Clarkston High School senior Reid Kaminski will already have his hands full when he arrives at Roanoke College in Virginia in the fall to continue his education.
But he doesn’t want his lacrosse career to stop at Clarkston, which is why he signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Maroons and their rich lacrosse tradition.
Kaminski was one of a number of Clarkston athletes who signed on for lacrosse and football during a ceremony among family, friends and a raucous gathering of fellow teammates and students, who cheered the proceedings in the school gymnasium.
Gaven Bertram (University of Massachusetts-Lowell), Connor Dziewit (Otterbein College), Scott Allen (Michigan State), Connor Ward (Lake Erie College), Ethan Kurolovech (Lourdes College) and Kirsten Isbell (Albion) will also play lacrosse.
I’m extremely excited,” said Isbell, who will be relatively close to home while majoring in physical therapy. She has a 3.5 grade point average in advanced placement classes.
Blake Rehahn and Jason McCowan, members of the Clarkston state championship football team — coach Kurt Richardson was also on hand for the gathering — signed up for more football at Adrian College.
“We’re rooming together,” said Rehahn, who plans to major in physical therapy as he prepares for football at the next level. He anticipates playing safety and linebacker. “I got to hit the weights harder ... a lot of agility training ... strength and power workouts.”
Kaminski enjoyed the celebration, which included snacks and lots of friends and attention focused on the student-athletes.
“We have our old teammates here,” he said. “I’ve been playing with a lot of kids (here) since the seventh grade. It’s surreal that it’s all over.”
Maybe at Clarkston, but not at Roanoke, where he’ll take the field with the Maroons while majoring in bio-chemistry on his way to pre-medicine studies. “I’m (also) in an undergraduate research assistant program,” said Kaminski, who with a 3.94 grade point average is ready for the challenge of higher learning.
He has good vibes of his imminent experience at Roanoke, including the academic challenge.“It should be good, I’ll have some good teammates when I get down there,” he said.
Clarkston reached the state semifinals in lacrosse last year after winning its first regional title. The Wolves are among the area’s top lacrosse teams and a contender for the OAA Red title.