Fontenot inks to play at Loyola
By: LANCE REED
Sacred Heart senior Derek Fontenot is a multi-sport athlete who commands attention both in the classroom and on the field or court. He has always played with compassion and lots of energy.
Fontenot was the starting quarterback at Sacred Heart High School his junior and senior year. He was also a very talented basketball player all four years. He was among the leaders in points scored nearly every year.
While he was a talented football player and basketball player, it was baseball where Fontenot really made his mark.
“Since I was in Dixie Youth Baseball I wanted to play at the next level,” Fontenot remarked. “Its been a dream and I am happy it finally came true.”
Fontenot did most of his work behind the plate as a catcher for the Trojans. He was outstanding his junior year with a batting average of .333 and he drove in 21 RBIs. His sophomore year, Fontenot brought home 23 runs and batted .382. He was honored with All-Evangeline Parish selection his sophomore and junior year. He was named to the All-District 7-2A first team both years as well.
“After my freshman year, I knew I could reach the next level,” said Fontenot. “We had so many people in that class go on to sign or walk-on, I knew that could be me one day if I worked hard enough.”
Fontenot is going to go to Loyola and major in Biology (Pre-Med). His father, Dr. Tommy Fontenot, was very proud of his son and was all smiles at the signing. His mother, Valerie Fontenot, was also very excited, sporting a Loyola University T-Shirt at the event.
Fontenot will leave in early August. Among the things he will miss the most are his friends and family. “I will really miss high school and high school sports,” the youngster replied. “I know I will miss my family and friends. I imagine the food will be quite different as well.”
Fontenot will be catching next season at Loyola. He will try his best to work his way into the starting line-up. With his work ethic and great attitude, don’t be surprised to see him on the field quickly.
Derek also made his grand parents very proud. He wanted to thank Ms. Dorothy “Dot” Fontenot, Mr. Glenn Fontenot, Ms. Rosabelle Guillory and Mr. Roland Guillory.