Renaissance speedy junior Zahji Billingslea named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Zahji Billingslea, who wreaks havoc on the base paths and catches everything that comes her way for Renaissance High’s 10-time Detroit Public School League defending champion girls’ softball team, is the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week.

PSL Softball Renaissance tourney Ren 14, Cass 0 015“Since the ninth grade, she’s continued to get better,” said Lady Phoenix coach Garrard Taylor. “She loves the game and it shows. Her defense has improved, her slugging has improved, she’s got a great arm, great speed and is just a great all-around athlete.”

Billingslea, a junior who plays primarily in center field, is batting .596 with one homer, three triples, six doubles, 25 runs batted in and seven stolen bases in 16 games.

She also excels in the classroom with a 3.86 cumulative grade point average, including a 4.25 GPA this year.

The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators


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