Evergreen Unveils Softball Championship Banner, Introduces New Coach

This past Sunday evening at Evergreen High School, returning players, parents and coaches gathered to unveil the 2021 NWOAL Softball Championship banner that will soon take its rightful place high on the wall of the “Big House” alongside many other Viking athletic titles.  The 2021 Lady Viking Softball team captured their first NWOAL title since 2013 with a dramatic extra-inning walk-off victory over the Swanton Lady Bulldogs in the final game of the regular season.

The occasion also provided an opportunity for Athletic Director Derek Stoup to introduce Evergreen’s new head softball coach, Jim Zoltowski, who is taking the place of DJ Shuster who stepped down following last season but was also present at the unveiling.  Coach Zoltowski has coached softball for over 10 years at both the high school and college level with stops at Milan (Michigan) High School, Sylvania Southview, Hillsdale College and the University of Toledo.  He talked about how special championships are, what it takes to win one and praised Coach Shuster, his staff and the players for the effort it took last season to accomplish that goal.

Coach “Z”, as he is sometimes called, laid out a short list of priorities he wants his ball players to focus on this school year.  They are academics, family/religion and softball.  In that order.  He said the goal this coming season is to build on the great tradition of Evergreen softball and to make it better.  The Lady Vikings lost four highly talented starters to graduation last year but are expected to contend again for the top spot with a very experienced returning group.

Pictured:  Lady Viking softball players and new coach Jim Zotkowski

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