Clarkston HS's Page All Basketball - Boys Stories

Basketball - Boys

Clarkston seeking first trip to semifinals since 2009 WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Clarkston defeated Stoney Creek, 56-36, in Wednesday's Class A regional final at Grand Blanc. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)

The Wolves will face Saginaw on Tuesday in the Class A quarterfinals.

For all of the regular season success the Clarkston boys basketball program has enjoyed under head coach Dan Fife, postseason runs as deep as the state semifinals have proven elusive for the Wolves time and again.

Clarkston has reached the Final Four just once over the past 30 years, which have been replete with close calls, heart-break and seven quarterfinal defeats since 2003.

This season’s Clarkston squad (24-1) will be playing for the right to advance to the semifinals Tuesday when it travels to Davison High School to face Saginaw (21-4) at 7 p.m. in a Class A quarterfinal.

“I have been in a lot of regional finals and quarterfinals where we have lost. I am proud of having the opportunity to play for a chance to get there,” Fife said of trying to make the semifinals again. “If we win, that’s great. If we lose, let’s play hard trying to get there. It isn’t easy (getting to the semifinals). So many things have happened to us in the quarterfinals before. Luck doesn’t just happen, you have to make it happen. We will just prepare like we always do trying to get one more.”

Propelled by a pair of future Division 1 college basketball players in senior Dylan Alderson (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and junior Foster Loyer (Michigan State), the Wolves have yet to play in a close playoff game thus far. Clarkston has outscored its five postseason opponents by a combined 338-144 score, including 20-point regional round wins over old nemesis Macomb Dakota and a 19-win Stoney Creek team.

Junior C.J. Robinson, senior John Chrenka and sophomore Taylor Currie lead a supporting cast for the Wolves that has enabled the team to average over 68 points per game this season.

Clarkston last reached the Final Four in 2009, but lost to Kalamazoo Central in the semifinals that year.

Saginaw advanced through the regional round with a four-point win over Flint Metro League winner Flushing and a 10-point downing of Traverse City West last week.

Henry Speight is typically Saginaw’s leading scorer, though Eddie Thigpen is coming off of a 30-point, 15-rebound game in his last outing.

The Trojans are five years removed from winning their last state title in Class A in 2012. The school has won six championships in its history dating back to 1942.

A point of comparison this season, the teams shared one common opponent during the regular season in Flint Carman-Ainsworth. Clarkston defeated Carman-Ainsworth on Jan. 3, 60-47, but Saginaw lost both meetings with the Cavaliers, 52-45 and 99-60 in the Saginaw Valley League title game on Feb. 24.

The winner will advance to Friday’s semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday at Michigan State’s Breslin Center, facing either West Bloomfield (16-8) or Troy (21-4)

Last Updated: 3/20/2017 5:55:01 PM EST


blog comments powered by Disqus

Promotions & Specials

See All