The light at the end of the La Monte Lady Viking basketball tunnel is getting a little brighter.
With last year’s undefeated junior high Lady Viking team moving up to the varsity this season, the Lady Vikings went into the Christmas break with a 5-4 record, more wins than in the past two seasons combined.
One of those freshmen players is Vada DeMotte, named after the character in the movie “My Girl.” She comes from good athletic stock. Both her mother Jeri Lou
(Blakely) DeMotte and Bobby DeMotte, were multi-sport standouts in high school at La Monte.
“I never thought I would make the varsity, much less start,” said the 14-year old DeMotte. But she got some valuable playing experience on the undefeated junior high team last year. The team now has a sprinkling of winning.
If this group of young players can stay together for the next two to three year, they may produce some surprising results.
Having just completed the first quarter of her freshman year, DeMotte has not had a grade-point average tabulate yet, but she had all A’s and one A minus in her first-quarter grades. Her academic ranking in her freshman class will not be tabulated until next month. She has not taken the ACT and is not sure when she will.
With college still more than three years away, DeMotte is uncertain where she might attend college. She said she is considering majoring in the medical field. She said sports will probably not be in her college plans.
“Academics are more important,” said DeMotte. “It’s hard to make it in sports. Some people can, but very few.”
La Monte does not offer weighted courses for students
Besides playing volleyball, basketball and softball at La Monte, DeMotte is a member of both the Math and Science clubs and the Future Business Leaders of America.
DeMotte started playing basketball in third grade in the school’s elementary program, played two years of junior high and is now playing her first season of high school basketball. A catcher on the softball diamond, DeMotte started playing softball in the La Monte tee-ball league and progressed up through the Kaysinger Youth Sports Association in the summer through last year.
This coming spring will be her first season of high school softball. She started playing volleyball, coached by her mother and grandmother, Carol Blakely, in sixth grade. She played two years of junior high volleyball and just finished her freshman season of varsity volleyball.
She recieved a Mid States Honorable Mention in volleyball.
DeMotte said between academics and athletics, she doesn’t have much time for hobbies.
DeMotte has one older brother, Clayton, 17 and a junior at La Monte.
DeMotte is the daughter of Jeri Lou and Bobby DeMotte, La Monte.