Vandebilt Catholic senior athlete Janey Cheramie is used to playing for winning softball programs.
She played for a Vandebilt softball program that has won 14 state championships in its history.
Now she’ll move on to play for another prestigious softball program on the college level.
Cheramie signed to play college softball at LSU-Eunice on Wednesday.
LSU-Eunice has won six National Junior College Athletic Association championships, including its last national title win in 2019.
Cheramie said she will get a great opportunity to continue her playing days at LSU-Eunice.
“It’s another big change but I’m super excited to get to play with these girls,” Cheramie said. “I chose LSU-E because the second I got on campus, it felt like home to me. The team is like family and the coaches do everything possible for us to be happy and successful.”
Cheramie said she had offers and interest from other college programs such as Millsaps, Louisiana College, Mississippi College, Costal Alabama Community College and Baton Rouge Community College.
Cheramie said she expects to play either as a middle infielder or outfielder in college. She played in the outfield this year but played shortstop in previous seasons.
Cheramie said LSU-Eunice was the best fit for her. The Lady Bengals, which are led by head softball coach Meghan Collins, had a 12-11 record before the coronavirus forced the NJCAA to cancel the rest of the current college softball season.
“LSU-E was not only had the best to offer, but as soon as I toured the campus and met the team and coaching staff, I knew that was where God wanted me to be,” Cheramie said.
Cheramie said she has several goals she wants to accomplish while playing for LSU-E in the next two years.
“As a player I hope to be able to fulfill my role on the team, whether that be playing on the field or cheering my teammates on in the dugout,” Cheramie said. “Over the next few years, I’m hoping to improve my skill on the field to achieve another scholarship to finish off my college years while working hard and making the grades in the classroom.”
In her senior season at Vandebilt, Cheramie helped lead the Lady Terriers to a 7-6 overall record before the LHSAA canceled the rest of the prep softball season due to the coronavirus.
Cheramie, who received District 7-4A honorable mention honors as a junior last year, said she was disappointed to see her senior season of high school softball end early, but she is blessed to have an opportunity to continue her playing career in college.
“It’s definitely something I never expected to happen,” Cheramie said. “It’s very devastating, but with the circumstances, it’s understandable. It’s something we will never get back and my heart aches for those that aren’t playing in college. I couldn’t imagine never being able to play the game I love again.”
Cheramie said dealing with the virus will help make her a better student-athlete in the future.
“It’s definitely taught me to never take something as simple as playing the game for granted and to make the most of every moment because you never know when it will be your last,” she said.
Cheramie, who is the daughter of Bryan and Katrina Cheramie, said she plans to major in secondary education in college.
Cheramie took time to thank all of her friends, family and coaches for their support over the years.
“I would first like to thank my parents for giving me the opportunity to play the sport I love and supporting me along this journey,” Cheramie said. “I would like to thank all of my coaches for pushing me to be the best I can be on and off the field.”