St. Amant’s Kara Gremillion named Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- St. Amant shortstop Kara Gremillion batted .584 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBIs.

Her high school career is over, but the awards keep on coming for St. Amant High’s Kara Gremillion.

Gremillion’s latest award is the Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year. The honor was announced in an early-morning news release and now makes the Louisiana-Lafayette softball signee eligible to win the national Gatorade award that will be announced in the weeks ahead.

The honor led to an early-morning wake-up call for Gremillion, who learned she had won the award through a video emailed to her home by Gatorade.

“My mom woke me up, and it was hard for me to process what I was seeing because I was still half asleep,” Gremillion said. “I’d have to say this is the biggest (award) I’ve ever gotten. This is really the biggest honor you can get. They pick one person from all the players in the state.

“I knew I was nominated for it because I had to get a letter of recommendation for it. But I never imagined I’d get it.”

The senior shortstop led the Gators to the Class 5A semifinals and a 27-1 record to close out a stellar career. Gremillion batted .584 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBIs to go along with 53 runs scored. She had a .941 slugging percentage and a .645 on-base percentage.

Two other St. Amant players, current SAHS assistant coach Leah Heintze Bourgeois in 2004 and Kellie Eubanks in 2005, previously won the Gatorade award.

“Kara is obviously a gifted athlete,” St. Amant coach Scott Nielson said. “Her speed and is one of the things that allows her to make plays and do things other players can’t.

“Desire and consistency are the other things that set her apart. She gave 110 percent every day, whether it was practice or a game. There was no thing about her having a bad day. She was there to play and compete every day.”

The Gatorade award also takes into account academics and community service. Gremillion graduated with honors and a 4.31 grade-point average. She works with Operation First Base, an inner city outreach program and also coaches youth softball.

Gremillion was a multisport standout who was voted The Advocate’s Girls Athlete of the Year the past two years. She was a district MVP and All-Metro selection in volleyball, basketball and softball.

A list of notable career numbers for Gremillion includes: a .528 batting average, 78 extra base hits, 17 home runs, 193 runs scored, 119 RBIs, a .614 on-base percentage and an .870 slugging percentage.