Gremillion leaves quite the legacy at St. Amant

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Kara Gremillion ended her career at St. Amant as district MVP of all three sports in which she played. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Many things in St. Amant girl's athletics have changed over the past four years, but there has always been one constant: the brilliance of Kara Gremillion.

Whether it was volleyball, basketball or softball, more times than not, Gremillion was the best player in the game and helping the Lady Gators surge to victory.

But now after four memorable years, Gremillion's storied high-school career has officially come to a close. She is now set to begin the next chapter of her athletic career, a chapter that will lead her to UL-Lafayette.

Before she becomes a member of the Ragin' Cajuns softball team, she has plenty of time to reflect on the remarkable four years she just experienced at St. Amant.

Her many accomplishments are sure to leave behind a lasting legacy as one of the greatest athletes--male or female--to ever play at the school.

"I think it's pretty awesome because when I started out, I never imagined that things would have turned out the way that they did and I would be considered one of the best," Gremillion said. "I just played hard and tried to keep getting better as a player."

She certainly did get better. After being named female Athlete of the Year in 2014, she brought home the award again in 2015. Winning the honor twice makes her only one of three athletes to ever accomplish such a feat.

"It was a huge honor. Not many people have the ability to do it and to be able to say that I won it twice, that's just breathtaking," Gremillion said. "There are so many great athletes across the state. To be given the award two years in a row is just amazing."

Gremillion certainly earned the prestige. For her senior year, she competed in three sports and in all three sports, she was named district MVP.

To start the year, she helped lead the volleyball team to another district championship and a trip to the Volleyball State Tournament before the Lady Gators lost in the semifinals.

From there, she went on to play basketball and averaged 16 points, four rebounds and four assists per game. Though St. Amant missed out on the playoffs, Gremillion claimed all-district and All-Metro honors.

Finally, she helped the Lady Gator softball team win another district title and finish the regular season undefeated. They made a run to the Fast Pitch 56 before losing to eventual champion Sam Houston in the semifinals.

Gremillion hit a robust .584 throughout the season.

"It was really awesome. It was my last time being able to play all three sports and for this year, it was a different situation for me," Gremillion said. "I had to become a leader and try to lead by example and try to help out the younger players. It was really a great experience."

Gremillion just recently played her final high-school softball game as she helped the East squad win the Louisiana High School Coaches Association Softball All-Star game in Pineville.

In the victory, she went 2-4 with a home run.

Even though Gremillion is excited about starting the next phase of her athletic career, she'll certainly miss what she leaves behind at St. Amant.

"I'm definitely going to miss not being able to play three sports. That has really defined who I am," Gremillion said. "I've always gone from one sport to the other and never really had any kind of break in between. I'm also going to miss my teammates and the way we were able to get so close over the years. I'm going to miss being able to play so many different positions."

She wishes she didn't have to leave volleyball and basketball behind.

"I really haven't played volleyball for very long. I only played three years, so I really felt that I was just getting started. So, it's hard to walk away now," Gremillion said. "I'll definitely miss basketball. That's been one of my favorite sports ever since I was a little kid."

Though it will be quite a change for her to be restricted to just one sport, Gremillion can't wait to join her new team at UL-Lafayette and get her first taste of big-time college softball.

"I'm very excited to start my career there. It's a great program, and I really enjoy watching them play," Gremillion said. "It's just an overwhelming feeling to know that I'm now going to be part of the team."