St. Amant athletes nominated for awards

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
St. Amant's Briggs Bourgeois is a district MVP in soccer. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

On Monday night, St. Amant High came up just short in having an athlete win the Baton Rouge area’s Athlete of the Year award for the fourth straight year.

In 2013, three-sport star and future LSU volleyball player Toni Rodriguez took home the honor. Another three-sport star and future UL-Lafayette softball player in Kara Gremillion won the award in both 2014 and 2015.

This year, Kara’s younger sister, Kourtney was nominated, along with three-sport male athlete Briggs Bourgeois.

As a junior, Bourgeois has proven to be one of the most versatile athletes in the area for the past three years.

He began this year with a first-team all-district performance in football. Bourgeois was also a first-team All-Parish selection at both wide receiver and kicker, and he was named to an All-State team as he helped the Gators win their first playoff game since 2001.

He finished with 45 catches for 815 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Bourgeois followed that up by leading the Gator soccer team to a district title, fifth seed in the playoffs and a run to the second round.

He was named the district’s Overall MVP for the third straight year. He was also a first-team All-Metro selection as he scored 15 goals and dished out 19 assists.

Finally, he ended the year with a solid performance as the starting centerfielder on St. Amant’s baseball team. The Gators made a cinderella run to the state quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Barbe.

Gremillion capped off a very successful athletic career with great senior seasons in both volleyball and softball.

In volleyball, she helped lead the Lady Gators to a district title, a fifth seeding in the playoffs and a trip to the state quarterfinals.

In compiling 565 assists, 312 kills and 277 digs, Gremillion was named first-team all-district and first-team All-Metro.

However, it’s in softball where Gremillion found the most success. Back in November, she signed with UL-Lafayette, where she’ll join older sister, Kara—who has started as a freshman for a Ragin’ Cajun team that is headed for a super regional.

This past season, Gremillion and the Lady Gators won another district championship and made a run to the state quarterfinals.

Gremillion was named the District 5-5A MVP. She was also selected to play in the LHSCA/LSCA all-star softball game. After hitting a homer and collecting four RBIs, she was named her East squad’s MVP.

She put up ridiculous numbers—batting .610 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs.

The male Athlete of the Year award went to Catholic swimmer Colin Bone—who finished his career undefeated and was named All-American.

Parkview Baptist’s Nicky Dawson won female Athlete of the Year. Dawson had a great career in both softball and track.