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Zach Zwaga – Normal West High School

In his final season at Normal Community, Zach Zwaga is hoping for a better ending than last year, when the Wildcats lost in the AA Super Sectional to Limestone. “I am looking forward to the chance to make it to the state tournament,” said Zwaga, “we were so close last year, it made us all hungry to make it to that next level.”

As obvious as it seem, Zwaga knows that his goal isn’t at all far fetched. “All the pieces are there. We have a group where 1 through 9 can be very dangerous at the plate. We have guys that are very productive on the mound.

We can definitely make a run for it…” Although Zwaga defines the term “team player,” he expects himself to contribute a lot. “Personally, I expect myself to be a leader offensively and defensively. I really pride myself on being a solid defensive catcher first and foremost.”

After graduation, Zwaga will continue his baseball career at the University of Illinois-Chicago next year and is ready for the challenge. Zwaga noted, “I am really excited about the opportunity to play at the next level. UIC has a great program with great coaches. I hope to learn and grow as a player under their direction.”

Zach Zwaga is not solely about baseball. He has been involved in both ice hockey and in-line hockey for years, playing defense for the Bloomington-Normal Sharks.

He also participates in West’s newspaper and yearbook classes. Most importantly, however, Zwaga is having fun, whether he’s behind the plate or in the classroom. “I am looking forward to enjoying my senior season at West,” Zwaga said.