Kara Gremillion crowned Female Athlete of the Year

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Kara Gremillion batted .548 with six homers and 38 RBIs this year as St. Amant made a run to the State Softball Tournament. Photo by Dewey Keller.

It's often said that a great athlete can excel in any sport they put the time and effort into playing. St. Amant's Kara Gremillion only solidifies that belief.

After a busy year that saw her earn first-team all-district honors in three different sports, Gremillion was crowned the Baton Rouge area's Female Athlete of the Year last week.

It was the second straight year an athlete from St. Amant has won the award. Toni Rodriguez was last year's winner.

The humble Gremillion was surely happy to take home such an honor, but she couldn't help but be surprised when they called her name.

"It means a lot to me because the other people that were nominated were really great athletes," Gremillion said. "I never really thought that I'd win, but it just shows that all the hard work pays off, and it's not where you start, it's where you finish. I just have to thank all of my teammates and coaches."

Gremillion's amazing year started off on the volleyball court where she helped lead St. Amant to another district title and trip to the State Volleyball Tournament in Kenner.

She and the rest of her teammates were forced to take their games to another level after Rodriguez was lost for the year with an ACL tear.

Gremillion did just that as she compiled 549 digs on her way to being named the district's Defensive MVP.

Right when volleyball season ended, Gremillion was back in the Gold Dome but this time, she was helping the basketball team go 25-5, win a district title and earn a spot in the playoffs.

In a season where she averaged 11 points and four steals a game, Gremillion made first-team all-district and honorable mention All-State.

The busy year continued. Immediately after the Lady Gators were upset in the first round by Broadmore, Gremillion was playing short stop for the softball team.

It was there that she had her best year. The Lady Gators won another district title, entered the playoffs as the top seed and reached the State Softball Tournament in Sulphur before being upset in the quarterfinals by Pineville.

The junior put up huge numbers--batting .548 with six home runs and 38 RBIs en route to being named the district's MVP.

"It was a very exciting year--especially for basketball because we won the first district championship in 20 years, and we finished undefeated in district for the first time in 24 years," Gremillion said. "That was really awesome. I didn't even know before, but this is the fist time in school history that we've gone undefeated in district in volleyball, basketball and softball. It was really cool to be a part of that."

Now that her frenetic year has finally come to an end, she's already looking forward to next season.

She knows that a lot of added pressure can go along with being crowned Female Athlete of the Year, but she's not intimidated.

"I think it will add a little pressure because people see that I won the award and will wonder if I really deserved it, but I'll be fine," Gremillion said. "I'm not really concerned about that kind of stuff."

Gremillion is too motivated to let any additional pressure get the best of her. She still has a bad taste in her mouth after being dropped in the softball state quarterfinals.

"I've never been so motivated in my life. I don't want my senior season to end like that," Gremillion said. "I want to make it past the quarterfinals and compete for a state championship. We have a great team coming back; we have a great chance of winning it all. I'm excited to lead the team."

Another huge motivator for Gremillion is her commitment to play softball at ULL. With their recent trip to the Women's College World Series, they just continue to solidify themselves as a top-flight program.

"I'm excited that a program like that wants me to play for them. They're having a great year, and I'm excited to be part of it," Gremillion said.

But first things first. Gremillion can't wait to get back on the field and enjoy her senior season at St. Amant.

"I'm looking forward to being a leader and having the younger girls look up to me," Gremillion said. "I looked up to my seniors, and I learned so much from them. I want to be able to do that for those younger than me and help them like my seniors helped me."