NEW IBERIA - This week's senior spotlight takes us out to Catholic High School of New Iberia. Where senior softball player Meghan Robicheaux has played much of her career for the Panthers in intense pain. Pain that would have ended the playing careers of many young athletes.
And what makes Meghan Robicheaux stand out on the softball field?
"I've actually put a lot of thought into that question," said Meghan's mom Michele Robicheaux. "Just her determination and her strength. She has overcome what could have been a career ending injury," Robicheaux said.
Two-and-a-half years ago, Meghan was trying to make a defensive play while playing second base. As she dove for the ball she put her right arm on the ground to brace herself, dislocating her shoulder in the process and ending her season.
But doctors weren't sure what was wrong with Meghan's shoulder. And six months later, while sliding into second base during Catholic High's district championship game against Delcambre, Meghan's shoulder dislocated again.
Meghan initially didn't tell anyone what had happened. Afterall, it was the district championship game. She went on to pitch three more innings. Fighting through the pain of a dislocated shoulder.
"So it was just like was I supposed to play softball or not?" Meghan said after suffering her second season ending injury in less than a year.
Meghan had suffered a multi-directional dislocation to her shoulder. The severe pain would last for months. She would go through multiple MRIs and doctors visits to find out what was wrong. But her doctors couldn't determine the cause.
"I definitely thought I was like making up the pain, 'cause like nobody was saying anything was wrong with me," Meghan said.
After a long and exhaustive search Meghan and her family found a shoulder specialist in New Orleans who located and repaired three tears in her shoulder.
These days Meghan is back on track on the field and in life. And will be playing softball at Louisiana Tech next year. Determined to face down whatever challenges life throws at her. And to throw right back.