Three-sport district MVP Kara Gremillion, of St. Amant High School, won the Girls Athlete of the Year award for the second straight year. This award was one of the highlights at The Advocate’s 30th Star of Stars/Athlete of the Year banquet held at the LHSAA office.

Gremillion’s athletic prowess earned her district MVP in the three sports she played as a senior. Defense was the name of the game in her volleyball season as she led the Lady Gator team to the Division I semifinals with 644 digs. This kind of play gave her the MVP award, a rarity for a defensive player. Gremillion hit at a .584 clip for the season in softball and completed an almost unheard of triple play. She also helped lead the SAHS softball team to a 27-1 record and berth in the 5A semifinals. She was also a standout offensive and defensive player for the basketball team.

Gremillion is a University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball signee and is only one of three repeat winners of the annual award that dates back 1986. Jazz Ferguson, an LSU football signee, was a repeat winner this year and only Parkview Baptist’s Kate Ripple Cramer, winner in 2000 and 2001, is the only other repeat winner.

East tops West in LHSAA All-Star Weekend

Pineville was the location of this year’s LHSAA Girls Softball All-Star games. It all started on Friday night as Kara Gremillion, of St. Amant, went 2-for-4 including a solo home run in the top of the third inning to left field. She was the only player on either team to have more than one hit in the game.

The East scored first in the top of the first as Live Oak’s Virginia Cacioppo drove in the first run with a single. The West tied it up in the bottom of the first. Then Gremillion gave the East the lead again with her solo homer in the top of the third inning. The game was tied again at the West’s next bat as Sulphur’s Kayla Sheridan hit a single to score a run in the bottom of the third.

Ouachita’s Victoria Pederson hit a double in the top of the fourth inning and scored on a wild pitch, giving the East a 3-2 edge. Elyse Thornhill gave the East some breathing room by launching a long home run to right field in the top of the seventh to close the scoring.

The East All-Star team completed the sweep on Saturday as they topped the West team 3-1. This was the first sweep since the West did it in 2009. Both teams scored a run in the third inning. Both teams were handed a little fortune by the other as Elise LeBouef of Notre Dame hit a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch for the West. Then Tioga’s Taylor Pippen walked and the East scored the tying run in the bottom of the inning.

Then in the bottom of the fifth, Gremillion got things started as she drew a leadoff walk for the East. Gremillion used her base running skills to score the go-ahead run on a groundout by Mount Carmel’s Alaina Guarino by sliding around the tag on a close play at the plate after West Ouachita’s Smith had reached on an error. Thornhill followed with an RBI single that brought Smith home.

Congratulations are in order for St. Amant’s head coach for the Lady Gators, Scott Nielson, as he was honored as the LSCA Hall of Fame inductee during the festivities at the LHSCA All-Star games in Pineville.

It’s not always easy being a game warden

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent’s job may seem a little mundane to the average citizen but that’s not always the case. Keeping an eye out for our wildlife in the hunting months and riding the waterways to keep things safe might seem to be a little boring.

Last week was a little different for a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent as he was shot on patrol on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish. As of early Friday morning, he was hospitalized in serious condition.

According to a department spokesperson, Sgt. Scott Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, was riding with another agent as they stopped a vehicle containing two motorists. After a short interview, Bullitt believed the occupants to be impaired, and walked back toward his vehicle.

According to the department, the passenger of the stopped vehicle then shot Bullitt in the lower back. He was later identified as Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of Monroe. The other agent returned fire, and Hust escaped into the woods. After calling for help, the other agent apprehended the driver, who was later brought in for questioning.

LDWF agents, State Police, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, Monroe police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents set up a perimeter around the area, and searched for Hust. He was arrested four hours after the shooting.

According to the department, Bullitt received the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission DWI Award on March 24. He was selected for the award due to his dedication to make Louisiana’s waterways and roadways safer for the traveling public by removing impaired drivers, the department said.

“This is a sad day for all wildlife and fisheries agents in the country,” said Col. Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “Our agents travel into remote areas patrolling public lands often, and it can be a very dangerous task, as we saw tonight. My thoughts at this time are with Sgt. Bullitt and his family and also the brave men and women that contributed to catching the shooter.”

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at reelman@eatel.net or ascension@theadvocate.com.