Athlete of the Week
Zezula a force on the diamond
May 26, 2010 - Junior Liz Zezula is a well-known face on the Girls Varsity Softball team - she has started since her freshman year at Clarkston High School.
Through the last few weeks Don Peters, head coach,has watched her continue to shine and help the team as they work on the OAA league title.
"She is driven and passionate about softball," said dad, Brian.
She currently has a .392 batting average, the second highest on the team and has stolen 30 bases. In her freshman season she had an average .346 and her sophomore year .353.
"Her success comes from wanting to help her team win so her teammates can enjoy the rewards from all of their hard work and sacrifice."
The 16-year-old has played baseball and softball since she was seven. She has played travel softball for six years splitting her time with Michigan Stars and Oakland Cobras. She currently plays with the Lady A's.
But her favorite team is Clarkston High School - of course.
"She is excited for how hard the team works every day to become the best team possible," said dad, Brian. "She respects all three of her coaches and thinks the team leaders are moving the team to a higher level."
She also started in center field, catcher and left field positions during her high school career. During last summer she alternated games at left field and short stop.
Liz has been awarded All-District and All-Region honors while on the varsity team.
"She works hard in the off-season doing speed training and hitting instruction," said Brian. "She plays summer ball."
Brian added she works just as hard in the classroom. Her GPA for the trimester was a 3.94 and she scored a 26 on her ACT test.
"She wanted to increase her academics and just came off a year with two advanced classes," he said.
Liz was on seven sport teams before she entered high school. Including wrestling where she was undefeated in eighth grade and had only one loss in seventh grade. She was also on the eighth grade track team, where she was the fastest runner in the 70-meter and threw the fathest for shot put.
She also plays for the girls varsity basketball team in the winter.
She is looking forward to continuing her softball career when she goes to college and has Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 schools interested in her to play for their team.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.