softballSaint Viator girls softball team used a hashtag for their record-breaking season: #belegendary.

Head Coach John Scotillo coined the phrase and preached it from the beginning of the season through the team’s dramatic post-season surge. Seeded fourth in the Class 3A sectional in Antioch, they pulled off two upsets to win the sectional title on Friday—and this when the team was playing in its first sectional game in school history.

“We stress that they can be legendary—if they believe in themselves and each other,” Coach Scotillo says.

Scotillo guided the team not only into post-sectional play, but through a complete turnaround over the last two seasons, when they were 12-21 last year, and went 5-32 in 2015.

“This team has been together since they were sophomores,” Scotillo says, “and I knew they could do something special this year.”

He points to his senior leadership—Jenna Breslin, Cara Haubner, Grace Kaiser, Adeline Swiderski, Cameron VanValkenburg and Aryana Ziakas—who helped their teammates stay grounded and focused. The team enjoyed team-building events, including sponsoring a book club, donning Sacred Heart of Mary High School jerseys in a throwback game and holding a special ceremony for seniors to thank influential teachers.

Scotillo also laces his tweets with inspiring quotes from everyone from legendary North Carolina State Coach Jim Valvano, to basketball great, Michael Jordan, who said: “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

Their season may have ended on Monday, but the Saint Viator community is still celebrating their historic success.