Former Spring Lake tri-sport standout returns to lead varsity softball program

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Evie Lorimer rounds third base. District 9 defeated District 15 5-0 in the Michigan Big League Softball State Tournament in Mattawan. (James Buck | MLive)

MUSKEGON — A familiar face in the Spring Lake softball community will be in the dugout this spring as former 2012 Miss Softball winner Evie Uithoven (Lorimer) was officially announced as the school’s new varsity softball coach.

Uithoven attended Spring Lake High School, where she graduated all conferences, districts, regions, and states and won Michigan’s Miss Softball Award for Positional Player in 2012. She was the top Muskegon’s first female softball player. region to win the prize.

She finished the 2012 season with 92 stolen bases, which ranks second most in MHSAA history, and finished her prep career with a .490 batting average with 99 RBI, 180 runs scored and 183 stolen bases. She also ranks fourth all-time in career hat-tricks with 37.

The volleyball, basketball and softball star decided to pursue her softball career at Central Michigan University, where she helped the Chippewas win the MAC Championships as a rookie and senior. She led the team in stolen bases as a sophomore and represented annually as a MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete, and served on the Student Athlete Council for the Mid-American Conference.

The former Laker already has a vision of what she hopes the program will look like in the future.

“Our program culture will focus on developing our athletes as individuals,” she said via a statement from the school’s athletic department. “We want them to be great students, great players and great people. I’m thrilled to give back to a program that has given me so much.

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