Gremillion named Louisiana Softball Player of the Year

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
From left right, Representatives Ed Price and Johnny Berthelot honor Kara Gremillion, along with Representative Clay Schexnayder.

Just a month after being named female Athlete of the Year for a second year in a row, St. Amant's Kara Gremillion has now been crowned the Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year.

The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports gives this award every year to the state's best softball player, but skill isn't the only criteria for the honor.

In addition to on-the-field success, academic achievement and character are also factored into the equation.

Gremillion has certainly done it all athletically.

She has been named the District 5-5A MVP in softball the past two seasons. In fact, this year, she was a district MVP in all three sports she played in--softball, basketball and volleyball.

The superb all-around play led to her being named female Athlete of the Year just over a month ago. She is one of only three athletes to ever win the award twice.

The UL-Lafayette signee ended her storied athletic career at St. Amant on the softball field this year as she helped lead the Lady Gators to an undefeated regular season and a trip to the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56.

There, St. Amant made a run to the state semifinals before losing to eventual champion Sam Houston.

During her amazing, award-winning senior season, Gremillion was nearly an impossible out as she hit a staggering .584 with six home runs and 36 RBIs. She only struck out twice in 89 at-bats.

The three-time first-team All-State star was also near-perfection from the field as she only committed two errors at shortstop in 98 chances.

But in addition to being such a great player, Gremillion excelled in the classroom as well. She was a member of the National Honor Society, and she graduated with a weighted GPA of 4.31.

Away from school, she has volunteered with Operation First Base, an inner-city outreach program, where she has served as a youth softball coach. She has also volunteered at a food bank and homeless shelter.

Now that she has been crowned the state's top softball player, she is now eligible to win Gatorade's National Player of the Year award.

Gremillion is the third St. Amant softball player to win this award--joining previous winners Leah Heintze and Kellie Eubanks.

Last Sunday, Representative Johnny Berthelot, along with the members of the Louisiana House of Representatives commended Gremillion on winning Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year as well as her many other accomplishments.