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Clark Lane Middle School’s Undefeated Basketball Team

The Clark Lane Middle School girls’ basketball team went undefeated for the third season in a row this year.

Mark Capasso is quickly becoming the Geno Auriemma of Clark Lane Middle School.

This year, for the third year in a row, the Clark Lane Middle School girls’ basketball team went undefeated. The team is coached by Capasso, who formerly coached the Waterford High School boys' basketball team before a health problem took him out of the position.

Not that Capasso is taking much of the credit. In an interview last week with Capasso and several players, he credited the town’s strong recreation system.

“Waterford's youth coaches do a phenomenal job,” he said. “These kids are ready by the time they get (to Clark Lane Middle School).”

The team this year went 13-0, with two wins coming via forfeit. They were led by Mia Brennan and a group of tightly-knit girls who have been playing together for years.

So what’s the secret behind their success?

“The little things,” said Brennan, which was met by a loud “Oooooohhhhhh” by her teammates.

The interview with the girls went the way many conversations with a group of preteen girls go: they talked about their crushes, the relationships with their friends (and sudden enemies) and their favorite pop stars. Yet it was obvious that the members of the team, many of whom have been playing together since they were kids through the town leagues, have a strong bond with each other.

“We just know each other so well,” said Kayla Jean-Pierre. “It helps us on the court.”

Roster

Here is the roster of the 2012-13 Clark Lane Middle School girls’ basketball team, which went 13-0:

  • Jordan Kovacs
  • Alaina Moger
  • Mia Brennan
  • Kayla Jean-Pierre
  • Brittany Sylvia
  • Hayleigh Annibalini
  • Mary Grace Wyatt
  • Carissa Aekins
  • Taya Gollsneider
  • Emily Borysewicz
  • Savannah Larson
  • Baylee Brackett

Head Coach Mark Capasso, Assistant Coach Dan McClure

Suzanne Sturm February 12, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Great job to the girls and boys teams!
Al February 12, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Having watched the girls team a lot this season, I feel confident saying their success was due in large part to the coaching. Mr. Capasso was humble in his assessment of their success, but it was obvious that he instilled disciple and the girls gained a better understanding of their roles on the court.
Jody Nazarchyk February 13, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Great job Clark Lane Girls, Boys and Coaches. We are very proud of you!
JmL February 14, 2013 at 02:38 PM
great job!
ballislife February 15, 2013 at 02:34 AM
They are such a great team and they should be proud of what they accomplished. Nice job Girls!

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